Instead of letting the police and courts deal with such accusations, as they should, most universities have now set up quasi-judicial panels to investigate charges of sexual assault or harassment. The panels are made up of members of the university community with no legal training. The accused is routinely denied the right to counsel, the right to know what evidence has been brought against him, the right to confront his accuser, and other fundamental legal guarantees. And the panels have serious power: men face expulsion, a permanent blot on their academic records, an indelible stain on their reputations, and in many cases the death of their career dreams. It is almost inconceivable that this is happening now in a culture that once prided itself on such principles as equality before the law and the presumption of innocence.
In the name of making the university a “safe space,” we are absolving women of responsibility for their actions and severely compromising the legal rights and freedoms of men. This is a far cry from the individual and sexual liberation claimed by the student radicals of the 60s. Where it will all end is anybody’s guess, but it is clear that the feminist agenda is incompatible with the academic ideal of truth and the social ideal of justice. The obsession on campus with female trauma and male aggression, the constant harping on the need to promote women, salve their wounds, and make up to them for the supposed evils of the past and present—all of these have almost nothing to do with the pursuit of knowledge and are not only a distraction from that pursuit but are actually a serious impediment to it. It is time that people of good conscience took a stand against this corruption of our universities and of our larger society.