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Mizzou Official Claims Tall Men Asking Out Short Women Could Constitute Sexual Misconduct

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Getting up the courage to ask someone out on a date can already be nerve-racking, but now that college campuses have completely gone off the deep end, that fear will be intensified.

Today’s crazy comes from — unsurprisingly — the University of Missouri (Mizzou), best known for torpedoing its enrollment rates after campus protests led a professor to threaten a student journalist. An official at Mizzou indicated during a deposition that a male student who was physically larger than the female student he asked out may have violated the school’s Title IX policy because his physical size gave him “power over her.”

For years, we have been told that one must receive “affirmative consent” before anything of a dating or sexual nature takes place. Critics of such policies, such as this reporter, have often wondered what would happen if the mere ask is unwanted, does that also constitute sexual harassment or assault?

Now we appear to have our answer: Yes.

When a Mizzou official was questioned regarding a case where a black male Ph.D. candidate at the school asked out a white female fitness trainer, she bizarrely suggested that the fact that the male student was larger than the female student gave him “power over her” and violated school policy.

The Daily Wire previously reported on the case in July. The male student, who The Daily Wire will refer to as John Doe, asked out the female fitness instructor, who will be identified as Jane Roe. She said she was busy but discussed with him possibly going out later that month. Two days later, she told him to “stop making romantic advances toward her,” according to John’s lawsuit against Mizzou. Despite not wanting to date him, Jane asked John to keep taking her dance classes.

John did this, and later asked Jane to recommend some YouTube videos to help him improve his dancing. She suggested private lessons but told him she didn’t teach privately. She then, according to John’s lawsuit, avoided him for the next week.

On October 14, 2016, John wrote Jane a three-page letter “apologizing for being awkward around her, expressing sincere feelings for her, and asking [her] what if anything she wanted from Plaintiff,” his lawsuit said.

Cathy Scroggs, who was Mizzou’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs when the incident involving John and Jane occurred, was asked during a recent deposition if the accusation against John satisfied the school’s policy for sexual misconduct regarding one having “power or authority” over another. Scroggs responded, “I think he was perceived as having power over her.”

She was further questioned as to the “nature of [John’s] power over her.” The interviewer asked if it was just John’s “size” that contributed to that “power.”

Scroggs responded: “His physical size.”

The interviewer then said part of the conduct code “doesn’t require him to be a teacher.” And asked, “When it says person of authority, it doesn’t mean, like, a teacher or boss?”

Scroggs responded: “Well, I suppose it could; but in this case, no, I didn’t interpret it that way.”

So while most people would assume “power or authority” refers to a professor or other superior’s relationship with a student, Scroggs indicated that literally being larger than another person and asking them out could be an unfair sexual situation.

Later in the deposition, Andy Hayes, Mizzou’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights & Title IX, suggested that if someone were confused about whether they had “a legitimate purpose” for asking someone out on a date, they could call his office for clarification, but they might not get a definite answer. Here’s what he said in the original exchange:

Q. Is asking someone out on a date a course of conduct on the basis of sex? Let me just ask you that.

A. Yes.

Q. So you could ask someone out on a date with a legitimate purpose and not fall within this rule; is that correct?

A. You could.

Q. Okay. What I’m trying to get at here is, a student reading this policy, how did they know what is a legitimate purpose within the meaning of the rule?

A. Well, I’m going to speculate. But if they wanted it clarified, they could call my office. They could ask someone about it if they needed clarification. I don’t know that many students read the rules before they take action.

So, students need to have a “legitimate purpose” for asking someone out on a date, and if they don’t know if they’re legitimately asking someone out, they can call the school’s Title IX office to find out.

But what happens when someone does call the office for clarification? Hayes was asked. The following exchange occurred:

Q. … If someone called the Title IX office and reached Megan Grant or someone else, another person in your office and asked what no legitimate purpose meant, would you assume that they would give the same answer as you?

A. I don’t know.

Q. Might they have a different definition?

A. I don’t know.

Q. It’s possible?

A. I don’t know.

Q. You don’t know if it’s possible?

A. Well, I don’t know what someone else would say. I don’t know how they would answer that question.

So, a student who seeks clarification about whether they have a “legitimate purpose” in asking someone out may get different answers from different people, any number of which could lead to him being found responsible for sexual misconduct, as John was.

John was suspended for his interactions with Jane and sued, feeling the punishment was far too severe for the situation.

Mizzou has attempted to dismiss the lawsuit, but much of John’s lawsuit was upheld.

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6 Comments
  • Jake says:

    Jeez, what a load of BS! And it doesn’t matter–BS, even topped with whipped cream, crushed nuts and a cherry is still BS! What will happen is that female students will next be highly offended that male students won’t ask them out, then they’ll raise hell about that. In the mean time, the male students will go outside the campus and date ‘normal’ girls. Our male populace is quickly being castrated, in a sense, and demasculated because of all the nonsensical BS from the feminists. There is no pleasing them. Save the accusations of harassment for the REAL instances, then go for the throat when there truly is unwanted sexual attention. But to go after men for simply asking for a date is truly a juvenile reaction. These feminists need to grow up for God’s sake.

  • Larry says:

    These people don’t know much, do they?

  • James McQuillan Jr says:

    I hope and pray that MY tax dollars are not going to fund this hate-filled haven of Feminazis, Millennial Snowflake and a LEFTISTS’ den of insanity. Why would anyone call this a Bastion of Higher Learning; or even consider going there? It’s a vile swamp of Anarchists and Communists and should be “SHUTTERED” and RAZED to the ground.

  • Kathleen Redman says:

    His physical make-up…his muscular stature and arm strength also give him a physical strength over her. So what’s a guy to do? This whole article is based on Hogwash! I guess this guy suggests that dating should not be allowed. The lady shouldn’t have to have a concrete reason to say no to dating, and the gentleman should respect that and not push the issue. She seems OK with being friends and that’s where she stands. If he makes her feel uncomfortable by pushing the issue she would no longer feel comfortable around him and want to break off the friendship. This is normal behavior and there is no need for “rules” to have to be followed. It’s a heart issue, not a “rule” issue. If he begins to stalk her then there is a problem where she needs help. Having a man’s physique has nothing to do with it. This has gone on for thousands of years…to try to change it is acinine.

  • Mike Snowden says:

    So what happens when a Tall Gal asks out a Short Dude? Do the same rules apply to that Social Interaction or not?

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    And the crazy just keeps coming!

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