Sunday, June 14, 2015

I Have A Better Solution

The University of Missouri has a plan to cut down on campus rapes:
Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin tasked the alumni consortium with devising policies that effectively communicate to the fraternities the pressing nature of sexual assault and alcohol abuse issues, with an eye on “eliminating” assault on campus.

Unfortunately for the chancellor, the consortium’s April 8 draft leaked, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The proposed rules would limit alcohol at frat houses to beer, prevent frats and sororities from hosting out-of-town formal events and require them to drug-test members.

In perhaps the most controversial provision, the consortium would ban women from frat houses Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. each night, as well as certain other times of the year...

“By restricting women from certain locations under the guise of ‘safety’, this [curfew] policy lends itself to the notion that women cannot make choices for themselves about their own safety,” said the letter, signed by all members of the association’s executive board and each sorority president. The drug-testing policy is “absurd and unwarranted,” they told Loftin.
Perhaps they should just have "separate but equal" colleges for men and women.


maxutils said...

How about we just prosecute rape cases vigilantly, and do the same to false accusers? I know… that seems to be a completely logical solution with existing law, but, I have a weakness for it.

Ellen K said...

We are heading toward a type of voluntary social resegregation based on assumptions, fears, ignorance and biases.

Anonymous said...

All kinds of unknowns here.

Is there a big-time assault and drunkenness problems in Columbia? Could be; or maybe it’s just a survey problem. That is, anonymous reports, via on-line surveys – where assault is a very flexible term. Ditto for “alcohol abuse”.

If there is; are the fraternities “ground-zero” for the problem? What about the dorms? What about the off-campus apartments?

In any case, assault (regardless of the type) is a serious matter and should be handled by real cops, and real courts and real prisons.

Or another explanation: maybe UM has acquired a reputation as nothing more than a degree mill/party school and the chancellor is just doing some damage control.

wkg in bham