A new lawsuit involving sexual assault witch-hunting combined with free speech issues is targeting Yale, the University where Free Speech is supposedly safely and permanently protected by promises made in the mid-1970s Woodward Report, the Wall Street Journal told us yesterday.
Doe alleges Yale violated his 14th Amendment rights to due process and equal protection of the law.
This case also involves free expression because it began, Doe alleges, with Yaleâ€™s draconian regulation of his speech. According to his lawsuit, in late 2013 a female philosophy teaching assistant filed a complaint with the universityâ€™s Title IX office about a short paper Doe had written. In the context of Socrates â€™ account in Platoâ€™s â€œRepublicâ€ of the tripartite soul, the paper argued that rape was an irrational act in which the soulâ€™s appetitive and spirited parts overwhelm reason, which by right rules.
According to the lawsuit, Pamela Schirmeister, Title IX coordinator and an associate dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, summoned Doe to her office and told him his rape example was â€œunnecessarily provocative.â€ She ordered him to have no contact with the teaching assistant and directed him to attend sensitivity training at the universityâ€™s mental-health center. She also informed him that he had become a â€œperson of interestâ€ to Yale, which meant that the university had to intervene to ensure he â€œwas not a perpetrator himself,â€ in the lawsuitâ€™s words. A few months later, the same Title IX office initiated the sexual-assault investigation against him.
Through a spokeswoman, Yale described the lawsuit as â€œlegally baseless and factually inaccurateâ€ but declined on confidentiality grounds to address any specific factual allegations.
If the lawsuitâ€™s account is accurate, Yale has reached a new low in the annals of campus policing of speech.
Hat tip to classmate Seattle Sam.