For the first time in five years, Joseph Roberts returned to Savannah, Georgia, his college town. The homecoming is hard for Roberts. In fact, he is not even sure what will happen to him if he steps on campus.
After serving in the Navy, Roberts was on track to become the first person in his family to receive a college diploma. Instead, he received an email from his school Savannah State University that derailed his dream of graduating. Roberts said the email was sent after two students filed complaints, which Roberts called false allegations, of verbal and online sexual harassment.
According to documents obtained by ABC News, he was suspended the same day the first complaint was made. In andthe Naroda pitaya accused of sexual harassment Administration issued guidance documents designed to toughen the rules protecting students against sexual assault and harassment. Many survivors' organizations celebrated this move by the Obama Administration, but controversial groups have argued that those Obama-era guidelines have caused an overcorrection, making schools quick to accept allegations of sexual misconduct and sometimes unfairly punish the accused.
Under the Trump administration, which Roberts supports, organizations pushing for the rights of mostly male students accused of sexual misconduct are receiving unprecedented attention — as well as a huge shot of momentum from a debate that played out in front of the nation: Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, testified about the alleged attack that occurred one night when they were teenagers, and that same day, Kavanaugh swore before the committee that he was innocent.
The day reawakened a painful debate. As part of a series of listening sessions on Title IX guidelines on sexual harassment on college campuses, DeVos met with members of sexual assault survivor groups, as well as advocates for the accused, including Garrett.
Joseph Roberts was one of the students Garrett brought along to the session to share his story. Acting as his own attorney, Roberts sued the university, but the case was dismissed. However, he completed his degree online and is now enrolled in a California law school. I just hope and pray that she listens.