Student informs school he was being falsely accused, school investigates him
By ASHE SCHOW
8/4/16 4:44 PM
An Augustana University student is suing his school after being expelled following an accusation of campus sexual assault.
The student says in his lawsuit that he initially told the school that a fellow student had been falsely telling people he had raped her. He “asked the school to intervene.” Instead, the school went to the accuser and suggested she go to the police. The accuser did so and on Aug. 4, 2015, the accused student was arrested and charged with sexual assault. …
Just 24 hours after the accused presented evidence that showed he couldn’t possibly have committed the rape as described, the charges were dismissed, according to the lawsuit. Most notably, the accused had lost his feet in a car accident and couldn’t physically have committed the rape. He also mentioned that this particular accuser had previously falsely accused other Augustana students of rape, including an ex-boyfriend.
The day after the accused student was arrested, the accuser filed a complaint with the school. Augustana immediately suspended the accused student. Even though police dismissed the charges, the school continued with its investigation and adjudicated the accusation on Oct. 8, 2015.
File this one under “Only in Academia”, with a cross reference in “You Can’t Make this @#$% Up!” Here’s a summary:
Female is spreading rumors that this guy raped her;
Guy complains to Augustana University;
Augustana gets female to go to the police;
Guy is arrested and charged;
24 hours later, part 1, guy presents evidence that he could not have raped the female, and the charges are dismissed;
24 hours later, part 2, Augustana suspended the guy;
At some point, the guy and/or his lawyers learn that the female has a history of false rape accusations against Augustana students (how Augustana wouldn’t know this, I don’t understand).
Sounds like Augustana should be asking this student for how much he’d settle. But this is academia, so they’ll probably try to defend what is indefensible.
Augustana is a private university, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). There are 3 major Lutheran denominations in the US: ELCA; the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS); and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod; in descending order of size. Two are theologically conservative, and one theologically liberal. Guess which one is liberal.
That said, Augustana and ELCA still should know better than to pull @#$% like this. The two catechisms Luther wrote - one for home use, the other for schools - both have the Ten Commandments as part of their core. Luther included in his catechisms what he regarded as the core essential teachings of the Christian faith. Relevant to this case is this:
**The Eighth Commandment
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.**
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.
If ELCA’s practices are at all similar to those of the LCMS, in which I was raised, youth preparing for confirmation would have studied, and possibly memorized both this commandment and Luther’s explanation. IOW, these Augustana officials would have learned this commandment and its meaning as fundamental for belief and living. They should have known at the core of their being that what they were considering was absolutely wrong, yet they did it and have not reversed their wrong action.