Civil rights under Title IX

Title IX has completely murdered the right of free speech in colleges and universities. It is a biased course that mostly inclines its flaws and fierce reactive teeth towards the boy child. College and university administrations, managements and leaderships have actively concentrated on invoking the law of gender protection to threaten, censor, fire, and basically mistreat the academic and non-academic staff. Since the “dear college” letter, a memo that demanded universities and colleges to stamp up the stipulations of Title IX law to well mitigate sexual harassment and assault in colleges and universities, there has been much called for attention given into the issues of sexual harassment and assault in colleges and universities across the whole country. However, it is evident that colleges and universities are on an equal measure dangerously trampling on academic freedom as they strive to meet the demands made by the Education Department’s Office for Civil rights under Title IX.

There is actually no clear distinctive line to differentiate clearly between the speeches that amount to sexual assault and harassment for it makes up to hostile and uncondusive environment to speeches which are merely upsetting and offensive. There are cases where staff and male students have been blatantly abused by the Title IX proceedings discriminating them for their masculinity, and administrations using such proceedings to threaten, censor, fire and even mistreat members of the faculty and other employees just to realize a protection and cover up of their image to the public. The disillusioned thought and effort by colleges and universities to just put their reputation the top most priority thus making them orient their operations just like a business but not as a higher learning institution.

According to the Title IX that was codified by President Richard Nixon in 1972, gender discrimination is prohibited in all education set ups with the law establishing that the federal government was not going to fund any educational system and institution that discriminated and violated the equal rights of women. Title IX drums for equality in all educational activities and promises women equality in education, career training and dire protection from sexual assault and harassment. Although Title IX might have agreeably done much good to women in colleges and universities, the law has constantly threatened and spelt doom to free speech all through since the “Dear Colleague” memo letter in 2011. The distinctive line drawn between speech and misconduct had all along been blurred and the 2011 update just conflated the law even much further blurring speech and conduct cases owing to its broad description for sexual assault and harassment to include sexual violence, rape, sexual coercion, sexual battery, and speech-oriented hostile set up. The Title IX law has no distinct lines and standards in which to use; clearly and convincingly mark its territories like seeing in standard criminal proceedings.

The Education department in crafting and enacting the Title IX law simply put the standard of evidence pre-ponderance as the true standard to determine sexual harassment and assault cases, a standard that many (considerably 80%) of the colleges and universities unquestionably incline to. This is a case that 90 percent of the respondents argued as fundamentally wrong, substandard and inaccurate. The Title IX has instilled a culture of fear in colleges and universities such that when an issue of sexual harassment is reported, all the students just want to run away from it and brush it off their hands even if they had the knowledge about it. They would rather play the “I don’t know” character and stay safe from the bias in the Title IX law that may cause them suspension or expulsion from school thus spoiling their entire future for what could have been an innocent cause. The faculty is even afraid of taking sex classes for the controversy for they may be taken out of context and justified for abuse and harassment thus fired or disciplined for it. The law has therefore brought about lots of sexual paranoia in colleges and universities. The line between free speech and sexual assault and harassment is hard to draw for intellectual disagreement can be justified easily as offensive especially when men argue against the sexual opinions of women.

The disturbing truth concerning the Title IX law in colleges and universities is that it was meant to protect the sexual harassment and assault victims yet the victims have lost their right to speech and sociality in the process courtesy of the same law. A mere accusation may easily cause a discontinuation, expulsions, or suspension from the school thus affecting one’s life for the long term. For instance, a boy interviewed that one of the girls purported to a leader in their school hostels seduced and enticed him to sex. She blew his nerves up caressing him and doing him some blow job. However, one of her friends was aware that she was in that boy’s cubicle. For fear of blasting she left him high up upon hearing her friend who was aware of her whereabouts call her. When she discovered that the cat was out of the basket, she turned it against him. The boy was not given any chance to share his side of the whole episode but was given a suspension out of school. This was a clear bias in the Title law as the university wanted to preserve its reputation business-style.

Many of the remedies pushed and enacted on higher learning institutions are unjust and unfair to men and clear undermine and question how legitimate the sexual violence fight is. The Title law should not therefore cut across any case but should have balance and custom-judge every case and institution independently. That men are masculine doesn’t always add up to them being sexual offenders and straight breakers of the Title IX law. Conduct that is classified illegal has seen substantial growth plausibly covering considerably everything to do with what sex students presently have. The standard of evidence preponderance as demanded by the education departments therefore must allow higher learning institutions to preserve the lives of victims and offenders even in the presence of big doubt. The law must cut across all genders and accord each person, regardless of their gender, equal chance of intellect disagreement and fair free speech. Universities and colleges need to draw a clear line between unprotected speech and free speech as academic freedom protects it.