Professor Files Title IX Complaint After Funding Request Denied For Abortion Debate Because Participants Are Male

"I am just trying to abide by the university’s rules. I expect the university to do the same thing."

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University of North Carolina Wilmington Criminology Prof. Mike Adams — one of the few outspoken conservatives left in academia, who also happens to be a contributor to The Daily Wire — is just trying to follow his university's rules, but administrators seem to have a hard time doing so themselves, especially when it comes to politically-charged issues.

On Tuesday, Prof. Adams felt compelled to file a complaint to the school's Title IX coordinator after Adams and another man were subjected to gender-based discrimination. In the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Wire (full text below), Adams explains what prompted him to dutifully take action.

"Two females, one a student at UNCW, the other an alumnus at UNCW, paid a visit to the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) located in Bear Hall on the UNCW campus," Adams explains. "The student is a member of Ratio Christi, a campus Christian club, which also employs the alumnus. Their purpose was to request funding and co-sponsorship from the WRC for an upcoming campus debate on the topic of abortion, which is scheduled to occur on February 21st. The debate is between Dr. Willie Parker, who is a professional abortionist, and myself."

He continues: "The director of the WRC denied the funding and co-sponsorship request. A very concise explanation for the denial was provided by the director; namely, that abortion is a 'women’s issue' and that the debate participants are both male. To be clear, there was no other explanation offered for refusing to provide funding and co-sponsorship for the debate except for the gender of the participants in the debate. This explicit admission of gender-based discrimination was made in front of two reliable witnesses. In fairness, the WRC Director did indicate that she would consult her board for a second opinion. However, after consulting with her board, there was no reversal of the original decision."

Prof. Adams notes that it didn't occur to him to file a complaint until he received an email from the chancellor instructing all faculty and staff that they had a legal obligation to document incidents of gender-based discrimination. Adams helpfully provided the full text of the letter from Chancellor Jose Sartarelli with key phrases bolded, excerpt below:

As the 2018-19 academic year begins, I would like to bring to your attention the revised Student Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct Policy that includes reporting requirements for all employees. At the start of each academic year, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights requires that all faculty and staff are given notice of the campus policy and are reminded of their need to report any incidents of gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct … Acts of gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct, including dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, will not be tolerated at UNCW … Allegations of gender-based/sexual misconduct will be promptly investigated, findings will be issued, acts of discrimination will be redressed and appropriate remedial action will be taken.

In a statement to the Daily Wire, Adams said, "In a way, I am pleased that the WRC has said that a man's opinion on abortion does not count. With that one careless statement they have managed to invalidate Roe v Wade, which was decided by nine men."

"There is no men's opinion or women's opinion on abortion," he added. "Arguments don't have testicles."

Adams told the Daily Wire that he has been informed that his complaint is currently being reviewed.

Here is the full text of his complaint:

Dear Deputy Title IX Coordinator::

I am writing to report an incident of gender-based discrimination, which occurred recently on the campus of UNC-Wilmington. The facts are briefly recapitulated below.

Two females, one a student at UNCW, the other an alumnus at UNCW, paid a visit to the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) located in Bear Hall on the UNCW campus. The student is a member of Ratio Christi, a campus Christian club, which also employs the alumnus. Their purpose was to request funding and co-sponsorship from the WRC for an upcoming campus debate on the topic of abortion, which is scheduled to occur on February 21st,. The debate is between Dr. Willie Parker, who is a professional abortionist, and myself.

The director of the WRC denied the funding and co-sponsorship request. A very concise explanation for the denial was provided by the director; namely, that abortion is a “women’s issue” and that the debate participants are both male. To be clear, there was no other explanation offered for refusing to provide funding and co-sponsorship for the debate except for the gender of the participants in the debate. This explicit admission of gender-based discrimination was made in front of two reliable witnesses. In fairness, the WRC Director did indicate that she would consult her board for a second opinion. However, after consulting with her board, there was no reversal of the original decision.

The incident I have just described to you happened around August 28th. It did not occur to me to report it until I later received an email from Chancellor Sartarelli informing me of my legal obligation to do so. Portions of the text of that email are included below. I have bolded some specific portions for emphasis:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As the 2018-19 academic year begins, I would like to bring to your attention the revised Student Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct Policy that includes reporting requirements for all employees. At the start of each academic year, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights requires that all faculty and staff are given notice of the campus policy and are reminded of their need to report any incidents of gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct … Acts of gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct, including dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, will not be tolerated at UNCW … Allegations of gender-based/sexual misconduct will be promptly investigated, findings will be issued, acts of discrimination will be redressed and appropriate remedial action will be taken.

Sincerely,

Jose V. Sartarelli

It is worth noting that I am not the only victim of discrimination in this case. Dr. Parker, who happens to be black, is also a victim of discrimination. I hope that the university will take the refusal of the WRC to fund his speech on the basis of his gender just as seriously as they would take the refusal to fund his speech on the basis of his race. Either form of discrimination is reprehensible.

In closing, please note that I file his complaint merely out of necessity. I would have been content merely to publicly ridicule the WRC for its rank hypocrisy. But the tenor of Dr. Sartarelli’s email suggested I really had no choice but to notify you.

In other words, I am just trying to abide by the university’s rules. I expect the university to do the same thing.

Mike Adams

Professor of Criminology

Author of Letters to a Young Progressive

Contributor to The Daily Wire

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