Campus hysteria over sexual assault has gotten so out of control that an Oregon student is banned from some areas of his own campus just because he looks like the man who raped a fellow student.
That’s the unbelievable tale told by a Harvard law professor in a paper about the witch-trial atmosphere in some college settings.
According to professor Janet Halley, the student was found guilty of what a social media user described as “facecrime,” and has been banned from going anywhere on campus where the victim might be.
Talk about a tough standard to uphold.
In the Harvard Law Review, Halley wrote that she had assisted a young man 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 story was part of a much broader piece on campus hysteria titled “Trading the Megaphone for the Gavel in Title IX Enforcement.”)
Halley said the student was subjected “to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them,” and noted that it was “an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy.”
“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,” Halley wrote.
Anything to prevent a sexually hostile environment, right?
National Review reporter Katherine Timpf shared Halley’s story on social media, prompting outrage from some users. Here is a sampling of responses, as seen on Twitter:
Student Banned from Areas of Campus for Resembling Classmate’s Rapist http://t.co/R7KfHfYxHX via @NRO
— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) February 18, 2015
@KatTimpf @NRO or in Newspeak, ‘facecrime’
— Barry Jones (@BDJonesInCO) February 18, 2015
The campus rape hysteria not only has jumped the shark, it sprayed it with shark repellent and it exploded http://t.co/rrMqe5ayZs
— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) February 18, 2015
@KatTimpf @NRO how is this not profiling
— Fioyl (@Fioyl) February 18, 2015
@KatTimpf I once said the word “rape” where do I turn myself in?
— David Henderson (@flanole831) February 19, 2015
@KatTimpf @NRO Being raped is horrible, however destroying an uninvolved persons life is unacceptable. Move forward and stop being a victim.
— tarawhite16 (@tarawhite161) February 18, 2015
@KatTimpf The professor didn’t reveal any details. How do we know this story has anymore veracity than the false @RollingStone rape article?
— Steven Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) February 19, 2015
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