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Following a Purdue University independent student newspaper suing the school for surveillance video that it claimed showed the police roughing up one of its photographers, the local prosecutor has approved the release of “some” of the crime-scene video, local station WLFI reported:

The video comes from the second floor and stairwell of the Electrical Engineering Building after Andrew Boldt was murdered in the basement.

It shows law enforcement coming down the stairs, spotting Exponent photographer Michael Takeda down the hall, then escorting him out of the building.

One part shows Takeda being pushed against the wall. According to Purdue, the officer who did that was admonished.

Exponent General Manager Pat Kuhnle tells News 18 that the 85 seconds of video backs up Takeda’s version of the events.

Kuhnle said the police report got the floor wrong, denied the video’s existence and said the photographer was not mistreated.

Read the full WLFI report here.

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The University of New Mexico is reeling from recent hazing allegations that its women’s soccer team’s newest players were pressured to drink alcohol, strip naked, and then endure a spray of urine, a ritual that reportedly landed some in the hospital.

Two girls were taken to the hospital, with one young lady vomiting and having difficulty breathing, the OC Weekly reports.

The alleged hazing ritual has caused an uproar, as two twin soccer players have quit the team as a result of the experience and administrators cancelled the first game as they respond to the uproar.

“A victim’s parent confirmed to KOB Monday night that freshmen on the women’s soccer team were forced to strip naked, consume large amounts of alcohol and were sprayed with urine,” KOB Channel 4 news reports.

“University officials said heavy drinking was involved, but they rejected local media reports that Sunday night’s incident involved players being made to strip, or even being sprayed with urine,” Reuters reports.

The parents of the twin girls have released a statement asking for privacy, the OC Weekly reports:

We respectfully request privacy as our family tries to move on from this incident, and as our daughters attempt to identify the next steps for their collegiate educational and athletic careers. Our daughters were the victims in this case, and we would ask the university to honor our right to privacy. No person should be subjected to the type of abuse, humiliation and degradation that our daughters were forced to endure as they embarked on what should have been a momentous time in their lives. We urge the university to take swift action to end this reprehensible behavior and the culture of shameful hazing that we now know exists.

The OC Weekly also quotes University of New Mexico’s athletic director Paul Krebs, who expressed regret over the entire incident:

“In this particular instance involving our women’s soccer program, we failed,” Krebs conceded at a news conference. “Whether it’s coach [Kit] Vela, myself, as a department, we failed the young women in this program, that they didn’t understand and they didn’t know better that what they were doing was simply wrong and uncalled for and should have never happened.”

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University of Tulsa student athlete Patrick Swilling Jr., the son of an NFL Pro Bowl player, wrote an open letter that was posted online after his rape accuser filed a Title IX federal lawsuit against the school for its investigation of her allegations.

Though a search for his name pulls up several tweets that link to the 16-page letter - which Swilling’s lawyer Corbin Brewster told USA Today was a draft that was released prematurely – media outlets appear to have not linked it. It’s not clear who first posted it, Tulsa World reported:

Brewster did not say who first began sharing the letter with various media outlets via Twitter. It was published via Google Docs online and lists the author as Patrick Swilling. The World will not post the letter on its website because it names and presents specific details about the two women who have alleged that Swilling raped them.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by Abigail Ross alleges that Swilling raped her in January and “outlines three prior alleged incidents involving Swilling” by other women, ESPN reported. The suit further states that “TU undertook zero investigation of his conduct” and was “deliberately indifferent to the substantial risk” that Swilling would keep harassing women at the university.

Following the allegations, “Swilling was suspended from the team the next day,” but he was found “not responsible” after a university investigation and hearing in March and was reinstated after the season ended, USA Today said. Tulsa police investigated but the district attorney didn’t file charges.

Despite being cleared, Swilling was informed this week by the NCAA that he wouldn’t get a waiver to play football for the school this semester, Tulsa World said:

Swilling was seeking a progress-toward-degree waiver to become academically eligible despite having incomplete grades from the spring semester, attributed to the sexual-assault investigation that resulted in his suspension for the final 11 games of his senior basketball season.

In the letter, Tulsa World said, Swilling accuses Ross of

deleting text messages and tweets that cast a different light on their relationship, and he accuses her of being a self-proclaimed “cleat chaser.” …

“I have been verbally abused, harassed, constantly sent harsh things on social media and even received death threats on multiple occasions. While I understand the backlash, your opinions of myself have been created by reading material that portrays me in a negative light. Nothing written has been in my favor and nothing negating my accuser’s stories has been written either.”

Read the full Tulsa World story here.

h/t greg

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College journalists, here’s a great story idea: Request your administrators’ schedules to generate story ideas – and helpful graphics – on where their actual priorities lie, not what they say is important.

The Student Press Law Center highlights a Daily Tar Heel graphic based on one key administrator’s schedule:

During the spring semester, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt visited the White House and spent more than 13 hours preparing to give a lecture on arsenic. She spent a significant portion of her time at meetings and dinners devoted to fundraising, and even had time to squeeze in “a lot” of sporting events. 

But among her meetings during the course of the semester, only 10.5 percent were devoted to interactions with students.

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That’s less time than Folt spent in fundraising activities (10.7 percent) and only a bit more than she spent with faculty (9.8 percent). A whopping one-fifth of her schedule was consumed by “external” activities such as the White House visit and meetings with state leaders who control the purse strings at UNC. 

On the plus side for anyone who knows what a drag they can be, Folt spent only 2.9 percent of her time in committee meetings. She had 477 meetings of all kinds during the semester.

The SPLC has a great resource page for getting access to records of all kinds, from university foundations to campus athletic programs to crime reports. 

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Some critics of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act have said it doesn’t provide funding to schools to conduct “climate surveys” or train personnel in how to respond to sexual-assault allegations.

That’s nothing compared to the likely cost it will impose on schools from lawsuits by accused students who say they were denied due process under the bill’s provisions, the Washington Examiner‘s Ashe Schow said in a column Thursday.

Schow was responding to one of the bill sponsors, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who tweeted an article supporting her bill by a Columbia University student who was part of Gillibrand’s Aug. 13 press conference on the bill.

Citing the disputed statistic that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college, Hannah Zhang wrote on the progressive Roosevelt Institute’s blog that

This cost far outweighs a fine that constitutes one percent of a university’s massive total budget or funds set aside to hire staff. For instance, Stanford University’s operating budget of $4.8 billion is more than the national GDPs of Cape Verde and Bhutan combined.

Responding to critics who point to the missing funding mechanism in the bill and say it will take away money from academics, Zhang said 

campus sexual assault has already compromised the education of countless students. Stopping sexual assault helps campuses to focus on academics, rather than hindering them from doing so.

Talking about money misses the point. The goal of CASA isn’t to fine universities. It’s to incentivize compliance. By investing in the resources now, universities create a safer educational environment for current and prospective students.

The Examiner‘s Schow responds:

What Zhang misses is the fact that since CASA only focuses on accusers, the probability that colleges and universities will see more lawsuits from accused students will outweigh the cost of the bill and possibly even the penalty for noncompliance. Already there are more than 30 young men across the country suing their universities for what they claim was a denial of due process, and if CASA passes, putting more pressure on universities to convict, that number could increase dramatically.

Schow has collected answers to her questions on the Senate bill from a handful of cosponsors - Republicans Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio and Chuck Grassley - but said the only Democratic response so far came from Gillibrand’s spokesman, who offered “to discuss the bill, but wouldn’t answer the questions provided to him as other senators’ offices had done.”

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(Note: This post has been UPDATED. See below.)

CNN.com reports that Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security and criminal justice at Colorado Technical University, has faced a great deal of criticism for his recent Washington Post column titled “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

“Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you,” he wrote.

Dutta cautions against arguing, insulting, or screaming at officers, “and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”

If you believe an officer is violating your rights or bullying you, Dutta says, don’t challenge him then — save that for lodging a complaint later. “Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you.”

Dutta notes that he doesn’t defend all police, and sides with the ACLU regarding police misconduct. He also makes some popular recommendations, such as cops wearing body cameras.

But some critics are still shaking their heads:

While Dutta comes off as “reasonable,” he is demanding “unresisting submission to police without argument or even legal protest,” J.D. Tuccille writes at Reason.com. “Just how do you ‘refuse consent to search your car or home’ without running afoul of the no-nos Dutta warns may get you ‘shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground?’”

UPDATE: After publication of this article, Colorado Technical University contacted The College Fix to point out that the Washington Post had added an update to the byline of Dutta’s original article:

Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years. The views presented here are his own and do not represent the LAPD or CTU.

Read the full article here.

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