This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said.
Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guarantee of due process. They say they are acting lawfully under the so-called Title IX law of 1972. But the meaning of that law has been twisted over the years by a tortured Victorian-era school of thought almost beyond comprehension.
The law is simple: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” It was enacted to make sure, among other things, that female students got as much money for their sports programs as male students.
These days, Title IX is invoked for all manner of student grievances.