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The College Fix is reporting that a feminist group at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia is suing the school for failing “to protect them from a sexually hostile school environment.”
A “sexually hostile school environment?” At first glance, that does sound rather awful.
At second glance?
Not so much. At least, not in this case.
It turns out that Feminists United is essentially suing because the school did not, in the group’s opinion, protect them from exposure to mean comments. The comments were made by male students using the social media app Yik Yak, and the group claims that by the school allowing the access to Yik Yak through its Wi-Fi, it allowed for the creation of “a sexually hostile school environment” and was therefore remiss in not protecting “the Plaintiffs from [the] effects” of the comments.
The group is citing provisions in Title IX as the legal basis for their claim; the “deliberate indifference” alleged by Feminists United is something for which Title IX allows potential recourse.
The allegations, however are vigorously refuted by both the university and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a non-profit group devoted to the preservation of civil liberties in campus environments. Susan Kruth, program director for FIRE, writes that the supposedly offensive comments, or “yaks,” do not rise to the level of “true threats,” but “are merely sexist or offensive,” and, as such, not only do not rise to the standard of a threat as outlined in Title IX, but, do enjoy the full protection of the First Amendment.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large