Title IX is a one-sentence 1972 federal statute that forbids discrimination on the basis of gender. For decades it was applied to gender equality in collegiate sports. Title IX changed in 2011 when the U.S. Department of Education issued a guidance to OSU. Today Title IX applies to a perceived epidemic of date rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment on college campus. Google Title IX campus sex to see the backlash and what your son is up against.
OSU administers Title IX through its office of Equal Opportunity and Access. EOA’s prosecution starts when a female student accuses a male student of unwanted sex. EOA’s definition of consent is ambiguous. The sex may have been completely consensual but the female later tells EOA she didn’t want the sex. eoa.oregonstate.edu/complaints
EOA calls her the “survivor” and him the “accused.” EOA says she survived his abuse. EOA’s mission statement says survivors must be believed. EOA encourages the survivor to report to local law enforcement. EOA starts with a presumption of guilt. An EOA “equity associate” acts in the combined (so inherently unfair) role of investigator, prosecutor, and judge. EOA needs only prove its case by a preponderance of evidence, which may be very little. The conflict is obvious. Title IX charges are one of the most serious and potentially life-altering challenges a male college student can face. An EOA finding of guilt can end a young man’s education and career goal.
Dan Armstrong is the only local lawyer who regularly represents OSU men against EOA. He has defended OSU men against EOA since it was created in 2012. He has successfully defended OSU men against EOA both at its trial level and at its Provost appeal level.
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