As we all know, at the urging of the Department of Education and under the weight of Title IX, colleges and universities have taken on the role of sexual referees with the power to investigate and adjudicate the sexual interactions of students as their inquisitors deem best. But what happens when both parties to a student sexual encounter deny that they consented to any intimate contact?
Two University of Cincinnati students got drunk and apparently had some physical contact. The male student apparently decided to protect himself by complaining that the woman had initiated the contact against his will and she was suspended from the university so long as the complainant remained a student. She has now filed an action in U.S. District Court claiming that she never consented to the intimate contact.
There is a thoughtful discussion by Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic of this particular case and the bureaucratic intrusion into the most private and intimate aspect of students’ lives beyond anything imagined in the days of single sex dormitories, visiting hours and general rules restricting the interaction of men and women on campus.