Friday, January 2, 2015

Harvard Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet has never seen unfair treatment of students claiming Title IX violations, "I have, however, observed wrongful treatment of a student accused of such violation.”

On October 15, 2014, a letter was published in the Boston Globe signed by 28 Harvard law professors -- mostly liberals and including female faculty members -- that voiced very strong objections to the school's one-sided, feminist-inspired sexual misconduct policies. This letter was arguably the single most important statement to date on American colleges' hostility to due process when it comes to men accused of sexual misconduct. Prof. Alan Dershowitz, a titan of criminal jurisprudence, told Time Magazine "Harvard's policy was written by people who think sexual assault is so heinous a crime that even innocence is not a defense." Then, he made clear his opposition to Harvard's sexual assault policies was really "a criticism of the federal government. It’s a criticism of the Obama administration.” He added: “These rules are written to preclude a defense” for accused students.

Now Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, who teaches civil rights and family law, says that the current Obama administration has a "flawed view of Title IX law” and suggests that the Harvard University Sexual Harassment Policy does not provide even "the basics of due process." Tellingly, Prof. Bartholet said: “I have served on the Harvard Law School faculty since 1977, and during that time have observed no unfair treatment of students claiming violation of their Title IX rights. I have, however, observed wrongful treatment of a student accused of such violation.”