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Doe Expelled; Hearing Set for March 28

Latest update about the Safety Dance case includes these two documents: Williams – motion for new scheduling order and Feb 17 2017 Order. Key section:


In other words, Doe’s appeal failed. He has been permanently expelled from Williams, even though he has completed all the requirements for a degree. Comments:

1) The Order highlights the set of documents that we will soon get to read, before the hearing on March 28. I am not sure if we will learn much more than we already know. John Doe behaved problematically throughout his time at Williams. But to expel him based a completely implausible accusation of sexual assault, an assault that happened in the middle of a two year consensual sexual relationship, is a travesty of justice.

2) The Record should provide more coverage of this case and should send a reporter to the March 28 hearing.

3) Biggest winners are the attorneys. Rossi/Kelly/Lapp are all going to get to bill many more hours than if the case were just settled.

4) Does anyone know why the College is insisting on continuing on this path? I could, maybe, understand that, if Doe were still a student, the College might want to permanently prevent him from coming back to campus. But he has completed all his course work. He has walked in the graduation ceremony. What possible purpose does this vindictiveness serve?

Readers should let me know if they want more or less coverage of this case.

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#1 Comment By Anon On February 21, 2017 @ 8:17 am

Colleges around the country are completely under the control of Cultural Marxists. No enemies to the left, no friends to the right. The standard for justice has nothing to do with the law or what actually happened, and everything to do with Who, Whom?. Who is alleged to have done what to whom? Who is our friend, who is our enemy?

#2 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On February 21, 2017 @ 9:33 am

I think additional coverage as the case progresses would be warranted and useful.

I should know the answer to this question, but did the Hearing Panel ever offer a written explanation of its original decision, as well as the decision on appeal? In other words, can we know what its thinking was on the issues identified in previous posts as weighing in the expelled student’s favor? Were these addressed, or merely ignored.

If there were an actual explanation of the decision, Ephblog could (theoretically) host reasonable discussion of the issues.

#3 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On February 21, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

[D]id the Hearing Panel ever offer a written explanation of its original decision, as well as the decision on appeal?

Not that I have seen.

#4 Comment By international student ’17 On February 21, 2017 @ 7:20 pm

Will there be any documentation on how exactly the “Hearing Panel” arrived at this decision? I remember (and verified) from the original filing by Doe that Dean Dave himself said that the disciplinary committee process is inherently unfair towards students. Would definitely want to hear more about this and the other questionable actions the administration took throughout this process. I am very sad for Doe, he should not have been denied a degree.

#5 Comment By anon On February 22, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

He has now been found liable for sexual assault twice, and cheating at least once. I’m not sure why everyone here feels so bad for him.