Now UMontana is Under Investigation by the U.S. Department of Education

by jhwygirl

Still more rolling on the University of Montana rape scandal – the U.S. Department of Education is investigation the University of Montana over its handling of (at least) 11 rapes of UM students over the last 18 months.

Title IX violations would be devastating, and have a disastrous effect on federal funding availability. The U.S. Department of Education has already found violations in how UMontana handles criminal complaints.

They’ll be coordinating with the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into civil rights violations by UMontana, the City of Missoula Police and County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg’s office.

Van Valkenburg – as a reminder folks – is an elected official, who is up for reelection in 2014.

We’re only getting started on this, Montana. I have little doubt an NCAA investigation is impending…and (just a reminder) UMontana president Royce Engstrom’s contract is up in June. You can speculate for yourself what that means.

In other news – I hope you all caught this editorial by the the UMontana Kaimin editorial board, published two Mondays ago, February 23rd: Go Back to D.C. Jim Foley.

Bold, and much respect in the face of the actions of other leaders within UMontana – such as outgoing ASUM president Jen Gursky who has publicly stood by the University’s handling of the rape and sexual assault scandal since December. A bit troubling, considering her political aspirations here within the City of Missoula – and under the Democratic Party banner.

Vice-president Jim Foley fired back on Friday – showing, quite frankly, his lack of understanding of how the UMontana presents its editorials (a theme they touched on in their call to have him removed) – by saying that he was “staying in Missoula.” While he continued to hid behind privacy concerns (for who, I ask: The victims or the criminals?), he did offer his perspective of the 1st Amendment:

An anonymous and poorly written editorial attacking one’s character is not the signal we should be looking for in print journalism in the 21st century. I like the idea of the Kaimin being the watchdog of UM; however, as the saying goes,the watchdog never barks at one of its own family members. The Kaimin can do better.

So Foley supports the The Kaimin’s right to watchdog journalism – they just shouldn’t watchdog the University.

One is left wondering exactly what kind of education Mr. Foley received in his past life given this lack of comprehension of the 1st Amendment and his understanding of watchdog journalism.

Maybe he should sit in on a constitutional law class. Might do everyone good.


  1. evdebs

    All those responsible for failing to deal with this situation have demonstrated they are unfit for this kind of work.

  2. The Missoulian article has been removed. What’s up with that, I wonder.

  3. Matthew Koehler

    Kaimin should use its power wisely
    http://www.montanakaimin.com/opinion/letter-kaimin-should-use-its-power-wisely-1.2860520#.T6KXY47-iKw

    By Jenifer Gursky, ASUM President
, Jeffrey Edmunds, ASUM Vice President
 and Luke Sims, ASUM Business Manager

  4. Buzz Feedback

    Jen appears to have the makings of a fine Establishment apparatchik.

  5. Swede Johansson

    11 Rapes!!

    Sound like they need to set up some rape shelters.

    Like they did in Zuccotti Park.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/zuccotti_park_big_top_ilBy4VfYIwDGt2I1rM33vL

  6. G6

    Jen Gursky fits right in with the Missoula establishment. Control access to the facts so you can shove your agenda down our throats. Not that pesky transparent public process again…always getting in the way of an agenda!

  7. mahmet7

    Authoritarian enforcers always attack the messenger. Deny, distract, delay, counter-attack — it’s right out of the Clinton playbook.




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