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Many young men had their lives destroyed by false sex assault claims. That hopefully ends now.

“How many young men have to have part of their lives destroyed before everybody wakes up to this?”

It was a question I was asked five years ago by a father whose son (pictured) had been railroaded by a campus kangaroo court over a sexual assault allegation.

The question has haunted me ever since, especially after week after week, month after month, and year after year, The College Fix continued to report on lawsuits detailing allegations of young men who had been falsely accused of sexual assault or rape and had their college lives upended or destroyed.

Here is just a sample of some of our reports on this issue over the years:

After ‘six months of hell,’ student accused of rape acquitted by jury

11 times young black men railroaded by campus sexual assault claims.

Williams suspended male student for not dating girl after kiss: lawsuit

Michigan State ruined NFL career with false rape finding. It just settled his suit.

Christian college judged male student rapist for admitting to premarital sex: suit

Student accused of rape sues Cornell for ignoring massive evidence in his favor

University put student in ‘solitary confinement’ after assault claim: lawsuit

Judge approves lawsuit claiming college ignored exculpatory evidence

UW-Madison readmits football player acquitted of sexual assault

College hid evidence accuser invented rape: lawsuit

Lawsuit against university for not telling accused student he could bring lawyer

University expelled disabled male after female admitted sexually assaulting him

Cal Poly had no ‘substantial evidence’ to judge student guilty of assault: judge

A jury was set to hear this accused student’s story. Yale settled to avoid it.

Lawsuit against Mizzou for punishing student who asked woman on a date

UMichigan withholds degree from accused student with no hearing: suit

University blocks appeal after accuser caught inventing evidence: suit

Syracuse refused to give accused student written allegations: suit

Liberty University settles lawsuit by ex-athlete that it libeled as a rapist

Dartmouth expelled male victim of sextortion by female who raped him: suit

Texas A&M ran rape trial while hospitalized student couldn’t defend himself

Before it can lose in court again, university settles due process lawsuit with accused

Female rapes disabled student then gets him expelled, university fires his dad

Appeals court orders ASU to reinstate male student expelled for having threesome

Brandeis branded gay student a rapist for awaking boyfriend with a kiss, suit says

Well, after reporting on this problem of overzealous, unconstitutional and politically motivated Title IX sexual assault adjudications on campuses for far too many years, the wheels of justice have finally come to rest on the fundamental right to due process.

Under President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos*, the 2011 Obama-era guidelines that had essentially stripped college students of their basic Constitutional rights to legal representation and the chance to cross-examiner one’s accuser have been reformed.

Last week, DeVos announced a new set of federal regulations that allow college students a chance to enjoy due process and actually defend themselves against accusations, a Constitutional right they have not enjoyed for nearly a decade.

The new rules have been celebrated, and rightly so, but a trail of destruction, of mountains of legal bills, of ruined college careers, of countless sleepless nights, of dreams dashed and hopes deferred, all paved the way for this change.

But to the fathers and mothers and students out there who fought, take heart — it was not in vain.

And bravo to DeVos, who was willing to take a stand and say: enough and no more. It was the right call, grounded in Constitutional rights that not only date back to the Magna Carta, but the roots of Western Civilization itself.

Let us hope that the hundreds of lawsuits filed — and largely won or successfully settled — by wrongfully accused young men will deter any future U.S. president from foisting this travesty of justice on higher education again.

And any college or university with an entrenched Title IX bureaucracy that refuses to follow these new federal regulations should pay a steep price indeed.

MORE: Due process advocates cheer overlooked changes to Title IX proceedings in DeVos rules

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About the Author
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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.

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