You could say it was ridiculous she was subject to an investigation at all, but Northwestern University’s Laura Kipnis has been cleared of claims that she violated Title IX for writing an essay decrying the “sexual paranoia” on campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
In true Kipnis fashion, the professor wrote a second essay about going through the investigation last week.
But Kipnis – known for polemics about love and sex such as Against Love – isn’t out of the woods yet:
The complainants have 10 days to appeal the Title IX decisions, and Northwestern has yet to rule on whether Ms. Kipnis’s first Review essay violated a nonretaliation provision of the faculty handbook. (Ms. Kipnis declined to discuss other details of the law firm’s findings, saying she was free to disclose only the overall outcomes of the complaints.)
Keep in mind she was cleared of the claims under the extremely loose “preponderance of evidence” standard, which requires only a 50.01 percent belief in the guilt of the accused.
Kipnis was targeted because her first essay, detailing sexual misconduct charges against a fellow professor, was said to have created a “chilling effect” on alleged victims of sexual misconduct from coming forward.