You may not be aware of the SAFE Campus Act or FAIR Campus Act, but your local higher education professional and his or her army of like-minded students certainly is.
Not too long ago, sexual assault became a hot-button issue. It’s one of those things that has always been a problem, but that people only chose to focus on when they saw it as a solid campaign platform with significant public support. As a hot-button issue and a hot-button issue taken up by higher education professionals, there is only one correct solution and those who believe in other potential solutions are worse off than a witch in Salem in 1600.
But let’s not delve into who’s right and wrong, let’s talk about these pieces of legislation.
Not too long ago, the President of the United States (POTUS) revealed schools with open sexual assault cases as well as guidelines to address sexual assault that would secure federal funding for those state schools. If you’re curious as to how big of a deal it is to threaten to pull funding, read here.
This sent colleges, universities, and champions (publicly or self-proclaimed) of sexual assault prevention into a tizzy to double down on measures to address and prevent sexual assault. It’s ultimately not a bad thing in the sense that there would ideally be fewer instances of sexual assault.
Is it the right of the federal government to interfere in criminal law? Constitutionally. . . no. But this is a hot-button issue and because the federal government doles out money to these institutions (fact-checkers will be quick to point out the money goes to the students who pay the schools, not the schools themselves. . . right), it has some level of control as to what they do and how much they need to spend to do it.
Back to the point, somewhere along the line, due process didn’t become a thing. It was somewhere between everyone on all sides of the isle agreeing that the 4th Amendment doesn’t exist anymore and that anyone could be spied on for missing a finger and that one study that says that sexual assault affects 1 in 5 women without really defining sexual assault to the recipients of such news.
So here we have sexual assault prevention activists being given the opportunity to undo centuries of female oppression with a 50% +1 vote.
Then we noticed that many of these men were being wrongly accused and even expelled without just cause. In case you didn’t know, you have the freedom of speech, but it is restricted in that you cannot lie about your products or slander another person. If you think this is a one off thing, check out this list of young men who are now suing their schools for lack of due process.
Okay, we’ve got two slight overreactions to a hot-button issue. Can we get a third?
It’s obvious that with such a ridiculous misunderstanding the term “innocent until proven guilty” that someone would attempt to make a law about it. Enter the SAFE and FAIR Campus Acts. These bills essentially ensure that colleges and universities cannot handle sexual assault cases without involvement from the local police department. They also ensure that, in the case of the University of Virginia, a school can’t simply ban an organization (or every organization) because a member was accused of sexual assault.
There are now two sides to the SAFE Campus debate (keep in mind, there are some legislators trying to amend the laws which will ultimately make them both better and worse depending on which side of this debate you fall under).
- SAFE Campus Act will make survivors of sexual assault feel less safe and will reduce reporting because no one can trust the police.
- SAFE Campus Act will protect the accused, the survivors and student organizations from poorly handled sexual assault cases.
HERE’S WHY SAFE CAMPUS IS NECESSARY
People have gone crazy. . . it’s that simple. A woman carried a mattress around Columbia University and received class credit at the expense of a young man who is now suing the university for what has ultimately come to known as sex she initiated.
The University of Virginia suspended all Greek-letter organizations indefinitely due to one accusation at one fraternity house.
Simply put, we need some self-constraint in addressing what is an emotion-driving, hot-button issue with a loose definition. It’s that simple.
HERE’S WHY SAFE CAMPUS IS UNNECESSARY/IMPROPER
If you don’t only believe in the Constitution when you’re fighting for due process rights of young men or when you’re demanding free college, you understand that criminal law is to be left to the states. Unfortunately, because the federal government prints out loans to students, that will be impossible in higher education, medicine and energy for the foreseeable future.
I’m also a big believer in the free market, and my personal opinion is that the number of men suing institutions, and winning, for lack of due process will inevitably push institutions to tamper their witch hunt-esque trials in favor of a more balanced, truth-seeking affair.
That unfortunately means we must wait until the cost of lawsuits from the wrongly accused exceeds the level of federal funding that would be pulled if an institution did not go the 50% +1 route. . .which brings us to:
WHY SAFE CAMPUS IS NECESSARY
People don’t understand the Constitution. People who run our country don’t understand it. People who talk about their “rights” don’t understand it. People who educate don’t know how to teach it. People who learn don’t have more than a month or two to learn about it.
If you think the federal government should fund education and should be involved in criminal law at all, you automatically must accept SAFE Campus as within the bounds of the government and its responsibility to enforce due process. That’s the unfortunate side of being a Bernie fan. This is what socialism looks like in practice people. . . yes, it’s ugly.