Title IX

A Crazed Academic Weaponized Title IX Against a Rival Professor Whose Job He Wanted

The sexual misconduct investigator told the professor directly that it didn't quite matter if the accusation was false.

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What do you do when a rival professor is about to land your dream job teaching creative writing at the University of Michigan? If you're "J.", the villain of a terrific, horrifying story in today's New York Times, you file a series of anonymous, false sexual misconduct allegations against the professor and her wife—trusting that Title IX's byzantine investigative process and the accompanying rumors will sabotage their career and make you the next job candidate in line.

J.'s victims were Sarah Viren and Marta Tecedor, a married pair of professors at Arizona State University (ASU). Their story—composed for The Times by Viren—is worth reading in full, but to summarize: Viren received a job offer at Michigan, and Tecedor initiated the process of finding one as well (universities often make "partner hires" when one half of a married academic couple is interested in moving). J. believed he was a runner-up for Viren's position, and in order to take her out of the running, he sent emails to ASU's sexual misconduct investigator—who operates under the auspices of Title IX, the federal law mandating sex and gender equity in education—accusing fist Tecedor and then later Viren as well of soliciting sex from unwilling students.

Viren and Tecedor had never done any of the things they were accused of doing, but the emails were authored under fake names, and it was thus extremely exhausting for them to prove their innocence. Moreover, the Title IX investigator, "Melanie," was only tangentially interested in whether the accusations were false. Here is a direct quote that Viren obtained by recording her Title IX interviews:

"We just want to figure this out as quickly as possible," [Viren] told [Melanie]. "It might have already jeopardized our job opportunities —" My voice broke.

I reached for a tissue. Melanie was young, probably in her late 20s or early 30s, with long straight hair and an impassive face. "You're fine," she said, though it was clear I wasn't.

"If you can figure out that it's an outsider or somebody from the outside that's posing as a student," I finally said, "can you just close the investigation?"

"Good question," Melanie responded, her voice bright again. "Because of the funding that we receive through Title IX, we're required to investigate everything. And with that we want to really run everything to the ground."

I nodded. I knew that universities could lose federal funding if they didn't show they were protecting students, and I was glad — I am glad — for that. But I was still confused. Melanie continued. "If we find out that — and Marta asked the question — if we find out that the information is false, for our purposes that's not really our end goal; we're just trying to determine whether or not there's a policy violation."

The email accusations were incredible from the start, but the university insisted on proceeding as if they were real—indeed, the university felt obligated under federal law to take the matter seriously.

In the end, Viren and Tecedor had to do much of the detective work themselves, finally deducing J.'s identity and building a convincing enough case that they were found not responsible for violating Title IX. By then, however, it was too late for Tecedor to receive a partner hire, and the pair lost out on their dream move to Michigan. They also accrued $10,000 in legal fees while dealing with J. And as part of a settlement, they are prohibited from publicly naming him.

It's an appalling travesty of justice (despite technically being an outcome in their favor), albeit one that is common to Title IX adjudication. I would hate for Times readers to come away with the impression that this was some sort of exceptional scenario. I've written numerous stories about students, administrators, and professors using the Title IX process to exact vengeance on their enemies. Take the cases of University of New Mexico Professor Nick Flor, former Michigan State medical student "Dev," or Harvard University's Damilare Sonoiki and Bruce Hay. (These are just the most recent, most outlandish stories, but I've covered dozens of others.)

The ordeals suffered by academics like Viren, Tecedor, Flor, and Hay are just part of the reason that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was absolutely right to revise the federal government's Title IX guidance to colleges and universities.

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  2. Are we to infer from this article that the perpetrator was not fired for his offense?

    The process is the punishment indeed.

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  3. This opportunity should have never been available to him. He would have been the first to tell you that too. However, I can’t help but feel happy for him. He found a hole in the system and exploited it. Man after my own heart.

    “Viren and Tecedor had never done any of the things they were accused of doing, but the emails were authored under fake names, and it was thus extremely exhausting for them to prove their innocence.”

    ENB’s recent article about the Earn It Act defends the above practice. He was given the opportunity and the means to accomplish it as well.

    Nice.

    1. Also, rather aside from Title IX; #believeallwomen.

      At first I was a little confused that J was able to generate credible false allegations that pass the whiff test but then realized that, presumably, he doesn’t.

      Even if they get rid of Title IX, women going around to other women saying #believeallwomen still means that Melanie is going to see fit to run allegations to ground with the full authority of her position, no matter how incredible, anonymously intractable, or unfounded.

      1. I erroneously believed that the fake Satanic Ritual Abuse panick (believe the children coached by therapists) had lead to a return to some sort of due process, the accusations had to be proven.

        These Title IX fiascoes and the Kavanaugh accusers (Christine Ford, Judy Munro-Leighton, Julie Swetnick, Deborah Ramirez. and Michael Avenatti’s unnamed declarant who contacted NBC to deny the declaration was her statement) makes me believe we are back to the legal standards of the Salem Witch Trials.

        The accusation against Marta by “Rebecca James” (no student by that name in Marta’s department at ASU) was considered “credible accusation” by Melanie, the university investigator. So it was up to Marta to prove her innocence in the face of an anonymous accuser.

        “… I remembered the year I arrived in Iowa. All the local newspapers were reporting on a professor who was accused of requesting sexual favors from students in exchange for higher grades. When confronted, he drove out to the same woods where I ran each morning and shot himself. …”

        Of course HE had to be guilty as charged and good riddance for offing himself. OR maybe he understood how Title IX worked better than Marta or Sarah.

        “If you can figure out that it’s an outsider or somebody from the outside that’s posing as a student,” [Sarah] finally said, “can you just close the investigation?”
        “Good question,” Melanie responded, her voice bright again. “Because of the funding that we receive through Title IX, we’re required to investigate everything. And with that we want to really run everything to the ground. … If we find out that — and Marta asked the question — if we find out that the information is false, for our purposes that’s not really our end goal; we’re just trying to determine whether or not there’s a policy violation.”

        A false accusation under Title IX can still be credible evidence of a policy violation by the accused????

        1. On top of this you have all these women’s victim advocacy c***s disingenuously claiming to subject an ALLEGED rape victim to rigorous cross-examination to uncover the truthfulness of the accusation is somehow “re-victimizing” the victim. My takeaway is this…the woman accused you, therefore you are guilty and no amount of exculpatory evidence you present will overcome our presumption of your guilt.

          Sorry to break it to you “victim advocates” but our founding fathers made it hard to take a person’s liberty and stick him in a cage hard on purpose. That’s why we have an adversarial court system. We have the 14th Amendment for a reason whether that fits your pathetic man-hating agenda or not!

          1. If Emmett Till were to be lynched today, these people would say (again) that “he had it coming”.

  4. Title IX was not weaponized; Title IX was designed as a weapon from the start.
    Any one other than a straight male who gets caught up is just acceptable collateral damage.

    1. No, this is Reason (drink), it was a tool to hammer down uppity men the way that a hammer is used to drive nails. The fact that this crazy male bashed these two women over the head with it proves it was weaponized.

      1. I don’t think you can support that claim. Reason has come out pretty strongly against the Title IX nonsense from what I’ve read.

        1. I don’t think you can support that claim.

          How many times was Coakley referred to as crazed?
          How many times was Blasey-Ford referred to as crazed?
          The last article they ran on Sulkowicz was practically described her as “Crazy… crazy like a fox!”

          Reason has come out pretty strongly against the Title IX nonsense from what I’ve read.

          This nonsense, sure, but Title IX itself? Not really. And it’s otherwise clear that they’re firmly in the ‘all animals are equal but some are more equal than others’ camp.

          1. Can you link the Sulkowicz article?

    2. One problem with Title IX investigations is that the law apparently has no penalty for knowingly making false claims. In state and federal criminal law, there are a number criminal prosecutions that can be brought against perpetrators who file false reports, such as False Reporting, False Swearing, Unsworn Falsification up to Hindering Prosecution and Obstruction of Justice. There are examples of these crimes form Jussie Smollet to the people prosecuted for reporting fake hate crimes. It can even extend to law enforcement like Michael Nifong in Durham, N.C.

  5. Viren and Tecedor had never done any of the things they were accused of doing, but the emails were authored under fake names, and it was thus extremely exhausting for them to prove their innocence.

    “Fuck you. Prove our guilt.” Not exhausting at all.

    1. No proof necessary; did you miss the part about Title IX?

      1. Title IX truly is perverse, not to mention unnecesarry.

        Hmm, if only we had a set of rules… let’s call them laws. These laws state you cannot rape others… then we need someone to enforce the laws. Let’s call them police. You go to the police when you are raped, you let the police sort it out.

        There, the universities don’t need kangaroo courts and show trials anymore. Turns out we have laws and law enforcement in this country.

        1. But how will you wedge women into every aspect of life without vague and threatening regulations which can be enforced without any semblance of fairness? It’s like being married, but in every aspect of your life.

        2. I think falsely accusing anyone of any sex crime should be automatic prison for whatever the actual crime caries, even if it means some of these sorry jerks have to spend the rest of their miserable and pathetic lives on the sex offender registry. Let them live what they tried to fraudulently and with malice of forethought tried to foist on an innocent person. Pee on ’em for all I care.

    2. “Prove … guilt”. That’s oldthink.
      This is the Brave New World Order new think of Title IX.

  6. So Sarah and Marta are creative writing professors at Public Universities. Would they be so aghast at Title X if it had been used against anyone else but them? Or would they have signed the petition demanding hanging now, trial later?

    1. “Would they be so aghast at Title X if it had been used against anyone else but them?”

      When you’re a sheltered person that thinks good thoughts all the time and has never had anything horrible happen to you why would they even consider such a thing?

      The people that are becoming in charge of everything know nothing about the world we live in.

      Go and read the original article. The stuff he posted to Reddit is hysterical. It was so fucking easy to do. I bet he was fucking laughing.

      “Lesbian professors, too, are capable of harassing students despite common narratives.”

      “Hi y’all,” it read. “I’m looking for advice. My linguistics professor has offered me wine several times in her office and acted inappropriately when I see her in various queer spaces in Tempe or Phoenix.”

      So. Fucking. Easy.

    2. “Or would they have signed the petition demanding hanging now, trial later?”

      Let’s check:
      “I knew that universities could lose federal funding if they didn’t show they were protecting students, and I was glad — I am glad — for that. ”

      I love the wailing of Leftists when the crocodile they feed others to turns on them.

      Sounds like Justice.

      1. It’s not justice, but it might be a sign the fire is getting out of control.

      2. Me too! Just comeuppances!

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        I LAUGHED MY REAR END OFF AT WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS EVIL, HATEFUL, SPITEFUL LITTLE HEIFER! YOU WILL TOO.

        THIS C***T TRIED TO FRAME HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN AFTER SHE DOWNLOADED IT ONTO HIS PHONE AND THEN CALLED THE COPS ON HIM. HER PLAN BACKFIRED MONUMENTALLY. I WISH THIS WOULD HAPPEN EVERY TIME A SCORNED WOMAN OR MAN TRIES TO FRAME ANOTHER FOR A SEX CRIME AS REVENGE.

    3. That’s typically the breaking point. So much of the time, people support the guillotine until it’s turned on them or one of their friends.

      1. I’ll bet disgraced senator Lester Wiener doesn’t view the sex offender registry the same way he did when he was voting to pass those laws. I’d love to hear what he has to say about it now.

    4. Shouldn’t be too hard for some twitter troll to look through their feeds and see what they were saying during kav’s ordeal and other similar events. Doesn’t matter, they are on the other team and invisible to me.

  7. How many rocks did the Times have to turn over, to make their Title IX proceedings horror story a case where a man was using the system against two women? I mean, law of averages, it was bound to happen sometime, but this is the example they use to show what a shitty pile of regulations the whole thing is?

    1. I’m pay-walled. Did the NYT article actually admit Title IX is crap, or use some “this is an exception, not the rule” BS?

    2. It’s actually good that the NYT cherry picked this one, because it’s an example that might convince a Title IX “fan” that the due process issues are real, or at least get them to read the whole story without prejudging the accuser as correct as soon as they figured out the genders.

      1. I haven’t read the NYT piece but you better believe that they’re spitting it from the crusader angle. These two victims were beset upon by this alt-right male troll.

        The guy is an epic troll. If they handed out awards for such, he should win. The fact that his victims were intersectional rubes should surprise no one but will have the usual personalities clutching their pearls not because the rules help trolls troll but that trolls exist and are gonna troll. See the presentation here.

        1. I read the piece (got lucky on the paywall). It’s a first person narrative by the target. The attacker was an openly gay male (which got mentioned more than once) and nothing mentioned about alt-right.

          I’m no NYT lover but really they appear to b\have played this one straight.

          1. (got lucky on the paywall)

            WTF? Like it’s a fucking lottery? How stupid do you think people are?

            nothing mentioned about alt-right.

            I didn’t mean literally alt-right. I meant that the man would be described as the aggressor when, from one side, there’s no real way for anyone to distinguish otherwise. And, more specifically, the NYT’s role in this would be as white knights for these women who claim to be nothing but victims.

            1. Hi. I got the full text of the article. Behind the paywall. It is not a effing lottery. All of us who make regular ritual sacrifice to Cthulhu are granted powers beyond you mere stupid people, Mwah-hahaha!

              J. was a Michigan gay man not alt-right who felt that job should be his, not the benefit of an Arizona lesbian or her girlfriend or their kids.

              In a just world, J. would be dropped in a wood chipper and fed to catfish at midnight. But in a just world, anonymous fake accusations should never be acceptable: guilt should be proven by confrontable witnesses. Proving innocence is like proving a negative: very difficult. Throw in anonymous accusers, it’s a witch hunt.

          2. I’m no NYT lover but really they appear to b\have played this one straight.

            The NYT has a habit of playing completely fabricated narratives straight.

            It wouldn’t even be the tenth time they went with someone else’s 100% fabricated lie because the narrative sounded good and they didn’t do the least bit of investigation.

    3. This was my exact thought.

      Of the countless men who’ve been fucked since the rule change, this is the story they run with.

      I wonder whether the article attacked Title IX at all, or whether it was framed as someone finding the one loophole in Title IX.

  8. Welcome to the utopia. I’m sure these two have never had common truck with the lefterati.

  9. “…and it was thus extremely exhausting for them to prove their innocence…”

    I see the problem quite clearly…

  10. Dream move to Michigan, never thought I would see those words in the same sentence.

    1. If you’re a prof, University if Michigan is a prestigious post.

  11. Well, that’s what they get for being strong supporters of Title IX.

    But there’s a detail that doesn’t make sense: What leverage would “J” have to extract a condition in the settlement that they can’t use his real name?

    1. What leverage would “J” have to extract a condition in the settlement that they can’t use his real name?

      They’re creative writing professors, tug too hard on that thread and I expect the whole narrative unravels.

      It’s also a bit nebulous from the story how J knew who was in line for the position ahead of him and how he managed to convincingly fabricate any/all allegations.

      1. Intersectional math:
        Gay (+1) White (0), Male(0)=1
        Var int J = 1
        Lesbian(+2), White (0), Married (+1) =3
        Var int S = 3

        //He had no mathematical chance to win so he //produced a huge negative variable
        Var int Molesto = -10

        if S >= J
        then (Molesto)
        Print.ln “Congrats, you got the job!”

    2. What leverage would “J” have to extract a condition in the settlement that they can’t use his real name?

      Pretty simple: the high cost of litigation, coupled with the American rule that says the loser doesn’t have to pay the winner’s attorneys’ bills.

  12. You don’t really believe this is the first time, do you?

  13. what does this have to do with the coronavirus?!?

    1. Title IX is kind of a virus.

  14. Here is a question…why did “J” finish second? Due to gender or sexual orientation quotas? Which should be illegal as govt has to treat everyone equally. Not supporting “J” using the law but you gotta play the game as the rules allow. The rules in this case are the problem….

    When the game is “rigged” you have to play by these rules..sounds like J did. Morally wrong..but moral and liberty have been gone since the parts of the equality laws in the 60s decided on group rights.

  15. I knew that universities could lose federal funding if they didn’t show they were protecting students, and I was glad — I am glad — for that.

    & you got what was coming to you.

  16. “I would hate for Times readers to come away with the impression that this was some sort of exceptional scenario.”

    That’s pretty much exactly what they will come away with. Not exactly a bright bunch.

    1. Yep.

      I’m betting the framing was how this 1 guy found the lone loophole in Title IX.

      Unless the piece openly attacks Title IX, it’s propaganda.

  17. I nodded. I knew that universities could lose federal funding if they didn’t show they were protecting students, and I was glad — I am glad — for that. But I was still confused.

    Yes, you are confused. That’s why you should be fired too.

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  19. “In the end, Viren and Tecedor had to do much of the detective work themselves, finally deducing J.’s identity and building a convincing enough case that they were found not responsible for violating Title IX.”

    Must be nice to be given a chance, huh, ladies?

  20. When I was a kid, Title IX meant that if a school had a baseball team, it also had to have a girls’ softball. That high school wants football? It had better also offer field hockey. That was it. So, what happened? WTF is wrong with people now?

    1. What’s wrong with people? Have you seen the reaction to Covid-19?

      Particularly the people screaming ‘not doing enough!’

    2. When I was a kid, Title IX meant that if a school had a baseball team, it also had to have a girls’ softball.

      One of the motivations for Title IX is now specifically regarded as a statistical paradox or fallacy and demonstrates how you’re essentially kicking the can down the road. See Simpson’s paradox and Ecological fallacy.

  21. “And as part of a settlement, they are prohibited from publicly naming him.”

    Fuck that. Never settle. It only pushes the problem to the next guy. Name the fucker, sue his ass into the ground, and the next guy might think twice about it.

    1. Name the fucker, sue his ass into the ground, and the next guy might think twice about it.

      The cost of litigation can be crippling. Were you going to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ bills?

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  24. Sad that common sense is almost gone in today’s society.

  25. I too have suffered the slings and arrows of lunatic Title IX — i.e., the accusation alone is proof that “policy” has been violated, guilty until proven innocent, no day in court or due process of any kind.
    And this was no university or other such liberal bastion; it was a county government, desperately protecting its federal largess, so I’m afraid Betsy DeVos’ Education Dept. reforms won’t help there.

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  27. somehow I was able to access the NYT article without a subscription – not sure how that happened but anyway:
    1. as someone mentioned above- it’s strictly a first person account from one of the professors named in the Title IX complaint. there is no commentary or analysis by the NYT.

    2. the author was previously acquainted with “J” the false accuser through academic circles. from the little i know about academia, some smaller disciplines like creative writing are very tight circles so I suppose “J” knew through the grapevines that both he and the writer were finalists for the same position.

    3. the author doesn’t make a whole lot of commentary about the Title IX kangaroo courts in general so I suspect it’s a case of “the kangaroo court was only a sham in our particular case because of demonstrably false and outlandish accusations made by an outsider with fake email accounts”

    4. another commenter echoed my sentiment when he accused the NYT of “cherry picking” an extreme outlier to highlight the absurdity of the college kangaroo courts. upwards of 85% of the Title IX situations are the result of sexual encounters between two drunk undergrads, both with highly impaired faculties and hazy memories. the other 14% are a male professor being accused of misconduct with female students, usually at the graduate level (there’s a lot more 1:1 contact between profs and PhD students than between profs and undergrads, hence more allegations)

    these two ostensibly “woke” lesbian academics are far more sympathetic figures than the drunk white fratboy or the black male basketball or football player, both of whom are perceived to benefit from some form of “privilege”.

    In the grand scheme of things it’s unimportant but I kept scratching my head as to why Marta couldn’t find a job in Southeast Michigan. I know nothing about Spanish linguistics but there a lot of schools in the Ann Arbor – Detroit area. I suppose it was U-M flagship or bust? heaven forbid somebody have to take a job at Wayne State or Eastern Michigan U. or U-M Dearborn

    1. “I kept scratching my head as to why Marta couldn’t find a job in Southeast Michigan.”

      Apologies for being late to this discussion, but as an academic I thought I’d point out that a tenure-track job in linguistics probably pops up once every 5 or 6 years in all of Michigan — not just U of M — and will get 300 applicants. So for Marta to gamble on being able to find a position in the Ann Arbor area within a decade or so is probably delusional.

  28. So, did “J.” get his dream job?

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