Student Banned from Areas of Campus for Looking Like Rapist

A student at a liberal arts college in Oregon has been banned from certain parts of campus, so he wouldn’t encounter a fellow student who claims he looks like the man who raped her.

Professor Janet Halley talked about the incident in an editorial piece published in the Harvard Law Review, saying she recently worked with “ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away.”

The student, unnamed in her article, was also forced to endure a month-long investigation to determine if he had committed any sexual misconduct, which Halley calls “immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy.”

Once the investigation was through, the school forbid him from entering any area of the school where his accuser might be. The student eventually learned the source of the complaint against him by coincidence.

“The stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that,” Hally says.

Hally doesn’t reveal much more concerning the unusual case or its eventual outcome. Read her article here for more perspective.


Featured image courtesy of National Review.