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U. Washington withdraws job offer to Title IX coordinator due to domestic violence charge

The University of Washington has rescinded a job offer to its new Title IX coordinator after discovering he was arrested on a domestic violence charge early this month.

UW had conducted a background check on Dennis Amoateng, but the assault charge was brought forth after, on May 6. Amoateng was to begin his UW duties on May 22, according to The Seattle Times

Mr. Amoateng had recently resigned his position as Title IX Coordinator and Chief Judicial Officer at Nebraska’s Doane University so as to take the UW job. Doane even threw him farewell party on April 30.

According to the Lincoln (Nebraska) Police Department report, Amoateng allegedly grabbed his wife’s wrist “leaving a bruise, and then threw her down onto boxes when she refused to give him her phone.” Amoateng denies the charge, though the report states “there were minor and superficial injuries” on the victim.

UW officials learned of Amoateng’s arrest via an employee who had read about it in the Doane student newspaper.

U. Washington officials might want to consider a similar case: that of Professor Steven Salaita. Salaita had accepted a position at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign back in 2014, but shortly thereafter had it rescinded when some of his anti-Israel/anti-Semitic tweets came to light. After a protracted back and forth, which included support for the professor by the American Association of University Professors, UI ultimately settled with Salaita for $600,000.

Some commenters to the Seattle Times piece point out that Amoateng has only been charged, not convicted: “Ah, charged but not even tried let alone convicted.  PC police at their finest. Perhaps the wife didn’t want to leave Nebraska.  Perhaps she made it all up.  Perhaps…… This is typical of today’s trend to convict before even listening to the facts of the case.”

Others point out that UW canned Amoateng but hired Junior Adams as an assistant football coach knowing he had been convicted of felony assault — spending 10 tens in jail for it — back in 2001 while a student at Oregon State University.

Read the Seattle Times story.

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