Another American university has completely lost the plot.
Now, students at East Carolina University could appear before a sexual misconduct board if they dare to give a fellow student a neck rub.
According to the CollegeFix, the new university policy describes sexual battery as "the intentional or attempted sexual touching of another person’s clothed or unclothed body, including but not limited to the mouth, neck." According to the university, it's sexual battery "however slight" the contact may be.
Updates to the school's policies were revealed in Dec 18 press release. CollegeFix provides additional details:
Though it’s labeled “ECU News Services,” the release is nowhere to be found from the news portal. The school’s only apparent public communication of the changes appears to have been four days later on Twitter.
According to the release, the trustees approved the new policies Nov. 20. They took effect Friday. The school doesn’t say why it waited almost a month to announce the changes, after classes had ended.
Moves commonly associated with flirting or even intimate friendship have been listed under a new “sexual battery” category.
The new policy describes sexual battery as “the intentional or attempted sexual touching of another person’s clothed or unclothed body, including but not limited to the mouth, neck, buttocks, anus, genitalia, or breast, by another with any part of the body or any object in a sexual manner without their consent.”
Such touching need not be drawn out: It qualifies as sexual battery “however slight” the contact is. The policy does not appear to define what makes certain touching “sexual,” endangering students who touch another person’s neck for a benign reason.
Not surprisingly, according to CollegeFix, neither the university media relations team nor the Title IX office responded to requests for comment.
The Left's misguided attempt to label everything under the sun sexual harassment does nothing to help true victims of sexual assault. Rather, it trivializes real victims' legitimate needs and has desensitizes entire communities, rendering them incapable of discerning real crime from normal human interaction. Leftists in academia have once again stripped away another layer of humanity, which seems more their end-goal than genuinely wanting to make life "safer" for its student body.