CU-Boulder Fines Rapist $75, Makes Him Write Essay

    July 20, 2013
    David Powell
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The University of Colorado at Boulder is facing a Title IX investigation for allegedly mishandling a sexual assault case. Having found a student guilty of “non-consensual sexual intercourse,” the university suspended him for eight months (though they gave him a month to get off campus), made him write a 5-7 page paper reflecting on the incident, and charged him $75.

Yeah, it’s not a get out of jail free card, exactly, but it’s not far off.

The victim in the case, Sarah Gilchriese, has taken the university’s leniency up with the feds, alleging a Title IX violation (Title IX is a federal gender equality law). “We intend to conduct a prompt investigation of this complaint,” wrote Thomas Ciaspusci of the federal Office of Civil Rights in a letter to Gilchriese. “If our investigation establishes that there has been a violation of law, we will attempt to negotiate a remedy.” If the office finds a violation, the case may be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. The university may also have federal funding cut.

The incident occurred in February and was reported in March, at which point the offender was found guilty and his punishment handed down. While Gilchriese complains that the sentence was unforgivably light, of more immediate concern was the fact that the university failed to remove the guilty party for four weeks. During this time, he repeatedly approached Gilchriese, forcing her to turn to the courts to obtain a restraining order.

Despite the university’s failure on several counts, Dean of Students Christina Gonzales claims that CU’s Title IX procedures are more than effective. “A lot of universities are replicating our [training] process,” she claims.

Colorado joins several universities that have had similar embarrassments of late. Southern Cal, Berkeley, UNC, and Swarthmore have all suffered similar complaints, prompting some activists to call for stricter punishments, both for offenders and for the sorts of colleges that think that $75 and a 5-page paper is punishment enough for rape.

  • Mark

    They threw Sarah Gilchriese under the bus. I hope the Justice Dept. does find a violation and the university’s funding takes a big hit. I applaud her determination to see this through.

    Maybe for them sex crimes are so icky-poo they can’t deal with them when a criminal offense can’t be handled by just pushing paper. Doesn’t their reaction remind you of Victorian-era women who are on a walk and find two dogs copulating on a sidewalk? Shudder, hand to face, turn away and try to forget that ghastly carnal image of those two animals doing, well, you know, things that mustn’t be acknowledged, let along said. Hurry home for a cup of tea, Christina.

    • Sarah Gilchriese

      Thank you Mark for the support.

  • Name

    People in the slave state of Georgia receive a 30 year sentence for going to see who they are talking to on the internet. Those people literally never see a person and go to prison. This guy literally rapes a person and has to write an essay?

    America is so screwed up.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SexOffenderMap1 Matt Cutts

    Shocking that this type of thing could happen, surely it should go to the police and not the University to deal with.

  • SirRichardHertzer

    Nice overly sensational title and article. Why was the alleged perpetrator never charged with any crimes by the police? Probably no evidence of rape was present to substantiate such claims. The “university” can’t really find anyone guilty of anything in the legal sense, because they’re a university, not a court law. Don’t be so daft and print this garbage without a little thought and research.