Campus dating issues
The attention it’s receiving today—on campus, at the White House, in the media—is a direct result of the often callous and dismissive treatment of victims.For too long, women who were assaulted on campus and came forward were doubted or dismissed, and the men responsible were given a mild rebuke or none at all.The two had made out in the past but had no serious romantic interest in each other.They talked quietly, started kissing, and then things escalated, as they often do when two teenagers are in bed together.
Later, Sterrett would consult a lawyer and file a lawsuit against the university alleging he’d been deprived of his constitutional right to due process.(Through his lawyer, Sterrett declined to speak to me.A Michigan spokesman said the university cannot comment on a pending case. I contacted her lawyer, Joshua Sheffer, who sent the following statement: “While we strongly disagree with Plaintiff’s description of the night in question, we do not feel that it should be played out in the press.” It continued: “This lawsuit is between Plaintiff and the University of Michigan; my client wishes only to put this traumatic event behind her and move forward with her education and life.”) Cowan told Sterrett over Skype that there would be restrictions placed on him when he returned to campus for his sophomore year.They saw each other frequently in the dorm until the school year ended.Sterrett was home in New York for the summer when he was contacted by a university official, Heather Cowan, program manager of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and told to make himself available for a Skype interview with her and another administrator. As the interview got under way, Sterrett realized that CB must have told Cowan something disturbing about their one-time assignation.