If you haven’t been on a college campus in the last ten years you may be mistaken in thinking Title IX is just some benign piece of legislation that makes sure girls soccer teams get funded or whatever. But that would be way too simple in this age of political overcorrectness and statistically questionable rape culture. Title IX has instead become an oppressive institution launching what amounts to an inquisition on problematic ideas within what used to be free academic spaces.
The American Association of University Professors released a damning report of abuses resulting from Title IX enforcement. While initially well intentioned, the statute meant to eliminate sexual discrimination and violence, had its parameters widened to prevent words from creating “hostile environments.” It is no wonder that so many coddled collegians are fretting about safe spaces when the idea itself came from the top down.
Here some of the ways Title IX is ruining higher education as mentioned in the report.
1. Makes it easier for professors to get fired and students to get expelled
In 2011 standards for due process in Title IX hearings were essentially downgraded from “clear and convincing evidence” to a “preponderance of evidence,” or from highly probable to more likely than not. This means the amount of evidence necessary for a university reach a judgement on everything from sexual misconduct to potentially offensive sexual speech was significantly reduced.
Just look to the current Yale rape scandal, where the captain of the school’s basketball team was expelled with very little evidence and is now suing.
2. Cancels classes
In 2013 a University of Colorado-Boulder sociology professor got her class cancelled and was pressured to retire after undercover Title IX enforcers sat in on her hugely popular “Deviance in US Society” class. Luckily after student protests she was allowed to continue teaching the class.
These kinds of incidents make professors think twice before teaching controversial topics lest an overly sensitive student report them to the Title IX stasi.
3. Encourages use of trigger warnings
Trigger warnings are an unfortunate style choice used by many ultra pc bloggers that have spilled over to higher education. They are messages warning readers of any objectionable material contained in an article or syllabus.
To cover their asses from Title IX complaints, professors are increasingly resourcing to trigger warnings. One Title IX administrator at Eastern Kentucky University actively encouraged the practice despite not being able to mandate it. It’s gotten so bad that some criminal justice courses are actively omitting rape and sexual law units for fear of offending students.
4. Used as a weapon against unpleasant ideas by student activists
A professor at Northwestern University underwent a Title IX investigation after writing a controversial essay about sexual paranoia among students regarding sexual relationships with professors. Student activists filed Title IX complaints against the professor and even against the faculty senate leader for supporting the professor during the hearings.
5. Censors academic papers
At Northwestern a professor was not able to publish an academic paper to a journal because it included a description of him receiving oral sex from a caregiver after becoming paraplegic.
6. Gets professors fired for foul language
One of the staple experiences of transitioning from high school to college is that gleeful tee hee moment when your professor first swears in front of the class.
Well Title IX wants to ruin that too. A professor of elementary education at Louisiana State University was fired for using “salty” language. An investigation by the university’s human resources department found her guilty of sexual harassment and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Apparently swear words are ableist now.
7. Trumps press freedoms for school newspapers
A student publication at Michigan Technological University was put on two years probation and lost some school funding due to Title IX concerns after publishing a satirical article about a sexually harassed man. The university argued that even though the article was clearly satire, the possibility of it being construed as advocating sexual violence meant that Title IX action had to be taken.
8. Polices online speech
The anonymous shitposting app Yik Yak has drawn the ire of Title IX, with feminist groups demanding universities monitor speech on the app and identify harassers. The OCR even investigated University of Mary Washington for not policing harassment on Yik Yak.
Concurrently a University of Kansas student was expelled for saying mean things about his ex-girlfriend on Twitter because he was creating a hostile environment. Luckily the Kansas Court of Appeals has actual due process standards and reversed the decision.
9. There is No Way for Schools to Opt Out
Perhaps the worst part is if schools are sick of putting up with the unending headache of Title IX, the have no way to opt out. Well they could but only by taking a massive hit in enrollment.
This is because Title IX does not just apply to schools that receive federal funding like state schools, it applies to all schools that admit students with federal loans. So a private school that wanted to opt out of Title IX could no longer admit any students with federal loans (that’s about 70 percent of its students on average).