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Campus censorship and feminism: Oregon students banned from college for resembling classmate’s rapist

by | 19th, February 2015

Oregon campus rape crime


Katherine Timpf reports a story that is so ludicrous we thought Chris Morris had written it. The headline suggests that what follows is the work of a parodist:

Harvard Law Prof: Student Banned from Areas of Campus for Resembling Classmate’s Rapist

Harvard Law professor Janet Halley writes in the Harvard Law Review that she “recently assisted” a student who had been “ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away.”

The innocent man was then subjected to a “month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them”. It was, says Halley, an “immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy.”

Having proved his innonce, the man was bound. Halley adds:

“The stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that.”

The problem with the source is that Halley does not name the school, the students involved, or the outcome of the situation.

The reader is left hanging.

The other problem is that it sounds like it could well be true.

Halley begins her article:

When feminist advocates on campus sexual assault “speak truth to power,” they speak for (and often as) victims and survivors. In that position, it’s perfectly fair for them to pick and choose the constituencies to which they give voice. They can and should specialize. But as feminists issue a series of commands from within the federal government about what the problem of campus sexual violence is and how it must be handled,

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