Things are getting a little crazy on college campuses these days. The “rape culture” mantra has taken hold, and people are doing and saying ridiculous things in the name of helping victims.
We want to reduce rape and sexual assault, too. But we also want to make sure that the accused are considered “innocent until proven guilty.”
Dartmouth College administrator Amanda Childress, speaking about alleged sex offenses on campus, said: “Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?”
And Dartmouth is defending the comment!
A spokesman said, “[S]he was not suggesting policy, but was asking a question-a provocative one-meant to generate dialogue around complex issues for which answers are necessary to continue to strengthen and promote fair and equitable processes at all colleges and universities.”
It’s time to end the hysteria. This is not the time or place to be provocative.
Please contact Dartmouth president Philip J. Hanlon.
Demand that the president affirm Dartmouth’s commitment to due process and the presumption of innocence:
Fax: 603 646-2266
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
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