More speech restrictions on campus
tushnet at LAW.GEORGETOWN.EDU
Thu Oct 17 14:09:03 PDT 2002
I have two questions. One goes to the claim of retaliation, which is
described in the post as follows: "Because his accusers felt he was
retaliating for their initial complaint. . . ." What's the source of
that description of the reason for the investigation? The student?
Second, I assume that Eugene's reference to "punish[ing] the student"
means, in this context (where no proceeding has -- as reported -- as yet
been instituted, much less completed to the point of punishing the
student), that something like a motion to dismiss for failure to state a
claim ought to be granted. (Or, if you like, "punishment" consists of
opening an investigation.) But, if the university has a rule against
"distracting others in class," *and* a rule against sexual harassment,
is there a problem with investigating the facts to determine whether
I have to say that my reaction to the account is Dean Morgan's:
Everybody -- but particularly the male student -- ought to take a deep
breath, and realize that there's nothing to be gained by standing on
what one might claim to be one's rights (against "sexual harassment,"
against "retaliation," to "privacy," whatever).
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