Monday, November 27, 2017

UT abruptly "settles" (aka. bribes/covers up) lawsuit over Fenves' arbitrary "Sexual Assault" policy

"He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."
Proverbs 28:13

[Note: Learn about the origins of this case here.]

On the one hand, it's appalling; on the other hand, this is SUCH a UT politburo thing to do:
A settlement reached after about 45 minutes of closed-door negotiations has spared University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves from having to testify about the school’s sexual misconduct policy, and it also effectively cleared a male student who had been accused of such misconduct.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said simply that the student’s lawsuit against UT and its president had been “concluded by settlement.”

Brian Roark, a lawyer for the student, told reporters that the student’s reinstatement last week by the university will remain in effect and that there will be no further review of the matter by the school. UT agreed to drop its plan to turn the matter over to an unnamed third party.

“There’s been a settlement,” Fenves told reporters. “I have no other comments to make. That’s all I can say at this time.”
A few thoughts:
  • Can't have a discussion in open court about the relationship between the university President and big donors, now can we?!?
  • What sort of astronomical sum will the final settlement be?!?
  • Meanwhile, they're in the process of raising tuition; in terms of cost controls, these sorts of settlements would be a good place to start.
Read the whole thing here.

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