Â Did you know the Department of Education has an Office for Civil rights?Â Â I didn’t know the Department of Education has an office for Civil Rights.Â I thought they were about education ……two, three, four……and such.Â Well, anywayÂ this is what the Office for Civil Rights is up to these days:
In a â€œDear Colleagueâ€ letter sent to colleges and universities in April, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali announced new federal regulations publicly funded schools must employ to address allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence
The new standards most notably lower the burden of proof to prosecute.
â€œ[I]n order for a schoolâ€™s grievance procedures to be consistent with Title IX standards, the school must use a preponderance of the evidence standard (i.e., it is more likely than not that sexual harassment or violence occurred),â€ Ali wrote.
Â Â Â Â There is an organization called FIRE which is fighting the DOE ‘regulations’, as the linked article states. There will be court challenges, Congressional hearings, the whole nine yards. The point here is, just when you thought you had heard it all -you ain’t. If you’re a young person attending college, or thinking of attending college, be on notice. The chances of your being snatched up by the Dean for looking crosseyed at a coed, or a fraternity brother, or for just being accused of same, and remanded over to the authorities and booted from the premises, just increased exponentially. See kids, here’s the thing – you might as well face it, universities aren’t addicted to love, they’re addicted to those federal funds.
Â Â Â Â So, proceeding from the customary loss of innocence of our youth to the loss of the presumption of innocence of our youth, where do we go from there? Well, how about the loss of the presumption of sanity?
A House bill that could drastically overhaul the nationâ€™s gun control laws and strengthen federal power over statesâ€™ handling of individualsâ€™ background checks is expected to be introduced today by New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
Another major provision of both bills focuses on the mental health issues of those seeking to possess firearms.
Apart from further defining and stipulating who qualifies as a â€œmental defectiveâ€ both bills call for the development of mental health assessment plans for institutes for higher learning. Both bills would require federally funded colleges to develop a plan for the institutes to address risks posed by students who appear to need mental health help.Colleges must have a mental health â€œteamâ€ ready to assess potentially dangerous students as well as procedures in place for making voluntary and involuntary mental health referrals.
Â Â Â Â Did you get the part about ‘involuntary mental health referrals’? And you got the part above about the tossing of the presumption of innocence into the dustbin of history, right?
What time is it, Kids? No, no no! It’s not Howdy Doody Time! It’s crunch time!Â The future is either yours……or theirs.