Betsy DeVos’s IX Reform and Student Civil Rights -Zachary Faria

   On Thursday Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, announced that the Department of Education would be reviewing the Obama-era sexual assault guidelines that routinely stomped on the rights of accused students on campuses across the country. Under the Obama administration, the threat of having their Title IX funding pulled forced universities to adopt a “guilty until proven innocent” mindset, in some cases denying accused students from having an attorney present, cross-examining their accuser, or having witnesses testify on their behalf.

Clemson’s Title IX procedures are no different. You are not guaranteed the ability to cross-examine your accuser, you can be banned from campus as a preventative measure before your trial even begins, be prevented from going to class, engaging in extracurricular activities, and evicting you from your on-campus housing. Clemson also operates under the standard of preponderance of evidence, a lower standard of proof that requires only a 50.1% chance that the accused committed a violation. Without an opportunity to address your accuser’s story, your trial becomes a “he said, she said” ordeal, where the standard of evidence is only that a violation was more likely committed than not.

The current Title IX standards are the result of the persistent myth that one in five women would be raped in their lifetime, based on a CDC study which has been critiqued as full of flaws, from its incredibly small sample size to its vague survey questions and poor sampling methods. Barack Obama parroted this study number multiple times as justification implementation of these strict standards. Clemson touts those same CDC’s statistics on the Student Health Services website.

Implementation during The Obama administration relied on numbers such as those from the CDC, cracking down on universities for their Title IX policies, and mandating changes that would make it easier to find a student guilty with little to no evidence. The burden of proof was changed from “clear and convincing” to the aforementioned “preponderance of evidence”, meaning that no evidence is really needed that something actually happened, just that it might have happened. This is especially harmful to student’s being accused over consensual activities that may or may not have gone awry, as their entire defense is that the event did happen but was consensual. The Obama administration required that Title IX investigations and trials be accelerated, hindering accused students from gathering exculpatory evidence. Accused students are also subject to double jeopardy, or a second trial, as the accuser can appeal a not guilty verdict.

All of the above lead to kangaroo courts where accused students were punished before a verdict is reached, and where no evidence at all lead to a guilty verdict. Reforms from Secretary DeVos should be a welcome sight for those concerned about due process on college campuses. A return to the “clear and convincing”  standard would be an ideal start, and allowing students to cross-examine their accuser would be beneficial to not only wrongfully accused students, but to real victims as well, as cross-examination is the best way to sort fact from fiction. The elimination of pre-hearing punishments like Clemson’s would be among reforms that would positively impact student rights.

Due process and the presumption of innocence hold together the social fabric of our country. As John Adams said, it’s more important to protect innocence than punish guilt because, “if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned…then the citizen will say, ‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,’ and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”


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    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the captial of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    The Jewish people deny Jesus as their Messiah and have stated that their Messiah has been identified and is waiting to be revealed. They say this man will rule the world under a one world religion called “spiritualism”.

    They even printed a coin to raise money for the Temple with Donald Trumps face on the front and with king Cyrus'(who built the second Temple) behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the third Temple.

    The Bible says this false Messiah who seats himself in the Third Temple will be thee antichrist that will bring about the Great Tribulation, though the Jewish people believe he will bring about world peace. It will be a false peace for a period of time. You can watch interviews of Jewish Rabbi’s in Israel speaking of these things. They have their plans set in place. It is only years away!

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18:

    He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we need two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.


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