Protected academic speech and due process rights are under attack from the Education Department and campus administrators, according to a new report from the American Association of University Professors.
In a report titled "The History, Uses and Abuses of Title IX," the professors' group argues that while the federal anti sex-discrimination statute has had some success in combatting campus sexual assault, it is creating more problems than it solves. AAUP states that the recent weaponization of Title IX stems mostly from the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights' 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter, which has been used to force universities to create pseudo-court systems to address sexual assault and sexual harassment.
AAUP notes the problems with the newest interpretation of Title IX. Those problems include "overly broad" definitions of what constitutes a "hostile environment." Currently, speech is being subjected to similar restrictions as sexual assault, as words have now been equated to violence.