Title IX and campus hearings: Wrong people on trial?

Via Inside Higher Ed:

“It is inherently inequitable to ask a victim irrelevant questions that will not elucidate the truth on an issue legitimately in dispute,” said Wendy J. Murphy, a former sex crimes prosecutor and long-term Title IX litigation expert. “To ask such questions is to create relevancy in the answer, which means something like ‘What were you wearing?’ produces information that tells us nothing about consent, but will be presumed relevant simply because an official person thought it was important enough to ask. The resulting response doesn’t then become relevant, but it does become fodder for all sorts of tactical annoyances, strategies, etc. that can intimidate the victim.”

-SCOPE Advisory Board member, Wendy Murphy

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