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What the Hell is Going on at Northwestern?

Diana

16 day(s) ago

Another day, another title IX lawsuit, this one involving a Northwestern undgrad, who apparently has parents rich enough to litigate against Northwestern's title IX machine. Link to the lawsuit is here: https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/northwestern-complaint.pdf

Of interest to us is the argument in the lawsuit that there is a pattern of systematic pattern of due process failures by the NW admin, and there is extended reference to the Lauren-Hardy and Kipnis afair.

143. Despite their direct involvement in Title IX cases, Dr. Sullivan and Dean Adams joined and lauded a group of students who protested the University’s initial lack of reaction to Professor Kipnis’s criticisms. (http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/03/10/campus/students-carrymattresses-pillows-to-protest-professors-controversial-article/).

144. Although the University eventually cleared Professor Kipnis of any wrongdoing, the episode demonstrated just how far the University had gone in creating an institutional bias in favor of female “survivors” and “victims.”

145. In documenting the investigation against her, Professor Kipnis criticized the Sexual Misconduct Policy’s closed-door, inquisitorial process (the same process that the University imposed on John in his case); the lack of notice of the charges and bases for them until the investigator interrogates the accused; the prohibition against recording interviews or proceedings; the “mysterious” extent of the investigator’s powers; procedures that are “utterly mystifying”; investigators “doubl[ed] as judge and jury”; “ad hoc rules and outcomes”; and the University’s new standards of what constitutes sexual assault and rape, in which “[a]mbivalent sex becomes coerced sex,” and in which the University’s investigators and adjudicators intrude into “murky situations involving . . . conflicting stories, and relationships gone wrong,” “power differentials between romantic partners,” and “debatable and ultimately conservative notions about sex, gender, and power.” (See My Title IX Inquisition, supra, at 4-10).

There is lots of WTF in the lawsuit, but this paragraph is a good sample"
260. The investigator and Hearing Panel also found that Jane did not give consent through her “actions”; specifically, they found that John and Jane did not move to the ottoman; they did not discuss positioning; and she did not open her mouth voluntarily and commence fellatio. They made these purported “factual” findings not on the basis of evidence but on the basis that John did not make these specific references in his text and Facebook communications.

Tai

16 day(s) ago

The lack of jobs in academia looks more and more like a silver lining. The universities are collapsing in real time. If you've chained your fortunes to it you should be making your way to the nearest exit.

Khedrup

16 day(s) ago

Speaking of what the hell, about the time LLH arrived at Northwestern there were a group of professionally active male grad students that we used to see at conferences like MEW, and then, about the time they should have been ABD they just vanished. According to Kipnis at least one grad student was a target of an LLH Title IX filing (but honestly, there could be zillions, we have no idea). I noticed in the LLH-Ludlow chat logs that LLH was shit talking another of those grad students (a big guy, epistemologist), calling him part of the "axis of evil" and so forth. So maybe LLH went after them with Title IX complaints or maybe she shit-talked them behind their backs to other faculty members until they got flushed from the program. Does anyone know the full story here?

Jakob

16 day(s) ago

Jesus, what hath Hartley wrought?

<blockquote: <p="">143. Despite their direct involvement in Title IX cases, Dr. Sullivan and Dean Adams joined and lauded a group of students who protested the University’s initial lack of reaction to Professor Kipnis’s criticisms." </blockquote:>

144. Although the University eventually cleared Professor Kipnis of any wrongdoing, the episode demonstrated just how far the University had gone in creating an institutional bias in favor of female “survivors” and “victims.”

That mattress-walk stunt (and the NU administration's participation) and the title IX action against Kipnis is going to poison the legal ground for actual victims for a decade. We are going to read about this in every trial involving Northwestern and title IX for the next decade at least. Hartley and her friends somehow managed to do more damage than the accuser in the Rolling Stone article. Incredible.

Delia

15 day(s) ago

Khedrup, is this the bit you are talking about, directed at Trent Daugherty and that grad student? (btw What does LLH have against Daugherty?)

Oct 12, 2011, 11:43 AM

LLH: Srsly they're not even just the axis of fail. They run the gamut of creep, from religious cannibalism to skeezy perv. So much hate.

"So much hate" is right. What a thing to say about a fellow grad student and someone in your field. Or anyone. Presumably Ludlow wasn't the only one at Northwestern hearing this hate, so it's not surprising the grad student has been disappeared. I wonder if he was Title IXed as well.

Desiderius

15 day(s) ago

Diana asks what the hell is going on at NW, and the answer is that the Lauren-Hardy and Kipnis stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. Did you read Alice Dreger's article in The CHE last week? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Take-Back-the-Ivory-Tower/241304

She ran into some crazy censorship of her journal (Atrium) from NW and she quit in protest. "[the dean] insisted that our program thereafter subject Atrium to a new "editorial committee" consisting of people from the PR department and his office. This new (censorship) committee would vet (censor) themes, proposals, and content."

It seems the censored article was sex related. As to "what happened" Dreger suggests that the problems began when Morton Shapiro came in as President at NW.

Josef

14 day(s) ago

LLH was shit talking another of those grad students (a big guy, epistemologist)

Say his name, bitch! It's MULLINS

And yes he got jobbed too, but he's not a big deal prof like Ludlow; he's just a grad student, so no Kipnis is going to write a book about it.

Cora

14 day(s) ago

Diana asks what the hell is going on at NW, and the answer is that the Lauren-Hardy and Kipnis stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. Did you read Alice Dreger's article in The CHE last week? http://www.chronicle.com/article/Take-Back-the-Ivory-Tower/241304

She ran into some crazy censorship of her journal (Atrium) from NW and she quit in protest. "[the dean] insisted that our program thereafter subject Atrium to a new "editorial committee" consisting of people from the PR department and his office. This new (censorship) committee would vet (censor) themes, proposals, and content."

It seems the censored article was sex related. As to "what happened" Dreger suggests that the problems began when Morton Shapiro came in as President at NW.

Desiderius

Can someone post the article (or the juiciest chunks) for those of us who don't subscribe to the Chronicle?

Siddhartha

14 day(s) ago

Cora, I don't know if these are the juiciest chunks, but there are excepts here:

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/alice-dreger-colleges-and-students-suffer-from-lack-of-intellectual- humility-and-a-note-on-templeton/

Of interest: she turned down a Templeton-funded job.

Jerzy

14 day(s) ago

Thanks for that link. I clicked though to the article on her being deplatformed, which is even weirder than the Tuvel case. Apparently she had an article published and then pulled by Everyday Feminism, not because of the content of her article, but rather because of alleged anti-trans things that she said. From the journal itself:

“What happened was that we decided to pull the article from circulation shortly after it went up. When we asked permission from it we weren’t aware of some of the articles you’ve published on trans issues and after a reader brought it to our attention and we looked into them. We then realized that while we very much valued the information in the article on teaching children that sex is about pleasure, the views expressed in several of your other articles directly conflicts with the work we’re trying to do in Everyday Feminism. For that reason, we decided to pull the article.”

She clams she has never said or written anything anti-trans, but she was deplatformed nonetheless. Here we have entered peak callout culture. Accusations become "fact" and persons are deplatformed on their basis.

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/leftist-censored-by-left-again/

Ernesto

14 day(s) ago

Dreger got on the wrong side of the SJWs because she does not buy the "born that way" narrative. She thinks that being trans is a perfectly OK *choice*, which of course is the third rail to SJWs.

Vincenzo

14 day(s) ago

wait, go back: "They made these purported “factual” findings not on the basis of evidence but on the basis that John did not make these specific references in his text and Facebook communications."

Are you seriously telling me that Northwestern claims that if the male student were innocent he would have gone home and filled his fb wall with posts saying things like "Baby it was so awesome that you voluntarily opened your mouth and happily accepted my throbbing member"? What the hell, indeed. Someone needs to check the water in Evanston.

Vincenzo

14 day(s) ago

Josef makes a good point about how everyone wrings their hands when a famous prof gets title IX-ed but they could care less when a grad student is the victim. The same could be said for university nonacademic employees, who have no protections whatsoever and you can be damn sure no one is going to write a book about them.

For example there is yet another case at Northwestern, where Northwestern's title IX officer Joan Slavin (famously discussed by Kipnis in her book) was sued for jacking over two university police.

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2016/03/01/campus/university-police-officers-to-re-file-discrimination-claims-against-northwestern-for-disciplinary-action/

Apparently someone accused three NU police of making anti-gay comments, and Slavin (she, "with the psychological acuity of a mollusk" - Kipnis p. 49) determined that the accuser (sorry, victim) was telling the truth about the two accused white officers but lying about the accused black officer, because, of course, how could a black police officer be anti-gay? Unthinkable.

In any case Slavin is becoming a lawsuit magnet. It's amazing that they haven't gotten rid of her yet (or that their insurance company hasn't insisted that they get rid of her).

Ch'en

14 day(s) ago

In any case Slavin is becoming a lawsuit magnet. It's amazing that they haven't gotten rid of her yet (or that their insurance company hasn't insisted that they get rid of her).

Vincenzo

They did get rid of her: http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/joan-slavin-has-left-her-position-as-nus-title-ix-/

Fernando

14 day(s) ago

And look who they hired for Title IX outreach. Make sure to read the comments. Talk about a dysfunctional institution!

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2017/09/20/campus/new-title-ix-outreach-education-specialist-aims- demystify-sexual-misconduct-reporting-process/

http://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2017/09/23/a_campus-rape_official_who_disses_men_onine.html

Vincenzo

14 day(s) ago

They did get rid of [Slavin]: http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/joan-slavin-has-left-her-position-as-nus-title-ix-/

holy shit, I had no idea! wow. but is there a confirmation that she was let go or are left to deduce this from general principles of obviousness? That statement from their PR flack Cubbage is priceless though. To steal a line from Tom Waits, it was colder than a ticket-taker's smile.

Panaetius

14 day(s) ago

KC Johnson was all over Slavin's "departure" several months ago:

https://twitter.com/kcjohnson9/status/891396311832031233

Obviously Slavin was becoming a lawsuit magnet. Not that her departure helps any of her victims. Still, I'd love to know what Ludlow and those NW cops think.

Henricus

13 day(s) ago

I don't know what's going on there, or what happened to all those male grad students, but remember when Lauren Leydon-Hardy tore into fellow grad student Raff Donelson in Northwestern's campus newspaper, calling his article in the same paper "irredeemable"? She can say whatever she wants, but wow what a toxic environment that grad program must be. I'd love to know if she also title-IXed him over his article.

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/03/18/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-moral-panic-lets-not-get-carried-away/

Archytas

13 day(s) ago

I don't know what's going on there, or what happened to all those male grad students, but remember when Lauren Leydon-Hardy tore into fellow grad student Raff Donelson in Northwestern's campus newspaper, calling his article in the same paper "irredeemable"? She can say whatever she wants, but wow what a toxic environment that grad program must be. I'd love to know if she also title-IXed him over his article.

Henricus

How soon before she turns on her handlers, Frankenstein-like, and files charges against Goldberg and Lackey?

Gustav

13 day(s) ago

How soon before she turns on her handlers, Frankenstein-like, and files charges against Goldberg and Lackey?

I'm sure that this has crossed Lackey's mind. It must be a horrifying walk-on-egg-shells mission to keep LLH happy and to keep her from flipping out and flipping the script on Lackey. She can keep flying LLH to exotic conferences, but will that be enough? The question is, when the falling out inevitably happens, which side will DN tell us to take?

Richard-Bevan

13 day(s) ago

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/03/18/opinion/letter-to-the- editor-moral-panic-lets-not-get-carried-away/

If you look up "collegiality" in the dictionary, LLH's picture is there.

Kenneth

13 day(s) ago

"They did get rid of [Slavin]"

I find it super hard to believe that Northwestern "got rid of" Slavin. Surely she took a job elsewhere. No one gets rid of title IX officers. It's the only growth industry left in the world.

Saadia

13 day(s) ago

I just read that LLH letter to the editor and I all I can say is...wtf?

He goes on to articulate some otherwise noteworthy commentaries, lest they go the way of a shiny dime in a pile of puke on Bourbon St. — only to be washed away, unappreciated. It’s tempting to ignore people like Laura Kipnis. Don’t feed the trolls, or, if you like, laisse tomber, car elle ne sait rien faire de ses dix doigts (that one’s for you, Laura).

Who writes that way? And who publicly describes an essay by a classmate as "a pile of puke on Bourbon St."?

Antonio

12 day(s) ago

"that one’s for you, Laura"

It's good to know Lauren Leydon-Hardy's title IX complaints weren't motivated by personal animosity or anything.

Uku

12 day(s) ago

Antonio, notice also that as in her Huffpo article, LLH does not identify herself as an interested party. Unbelievable. It's also quite shocking that the Daily Northwestern let her get away with that. Isn't it run by the journalism school there? No excuse for that breach of journalistic ethics.

Huston

12 day(s) ago

That letter to the editor reads exactly like when my undergrads bluster-vomit ten cent SAT words all over the page to disguise the fact that it contains no argumentation in defense of a specific thesis.

Enver

12 day(s) ago

It reads more like spam-bot product.

Fred

10 day(s) ago

Let's not forget the Northwestern fraternity rape hoax last Spring: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446449/northwestern-rape-scandal-hoax-caused-frenzy

And yes that is the National Review and yes that is Michelle Malkin writing, but the sad part of the endless hoaxes and panics at Northwestern is that they are feeding right wing trolls like Malkin. Not only are the falsehoods not justified, they aren't helping anyone either.

Hermann

10 day(s) ago

Who writes that way? And who publicly describes an essay by a classmate as "a pile of puke on Bourbon St."?

Moral zealots tend to lack self-awareness, and people who lack self-awareness tend to be shitty writers.

Solomon

3 day(s) ago

Today's news from Northwestern: https://dailynorthwestern.com/2017/10/17/campus/nu-men-plans-expand-programming-add-second-cohort/

NÜ Men plans to add a second cohort to its six-week dialogues on masculinity for Winter Quarter and will host shorter workshops as part of its programming, Northwestern director of Social Justice Education Robert Brown said.

“NÜ Men provides a space for critical self-reflection and community building for men and masculine-identified folks to come together to dialogue about gender and masculinities,” Brown said.

The dialogues, aimed at examining and deconstructing masculinity, are a collaboration between SJE and the Center for Awareness, Response and Education. They began in Spring 2016 after CARE received a U.S. Department of Justice grant. The dialogues typically consist of eight to 10 male-identifying students and two facilitators, said Brown, who is one of the facilitators.

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