“According to the complaint filed with the OCR, the elite school offers several programs to support women and no equivalents for men.”
The school has a number of programs exclusively for women and doesn’t offer similar programs for men.
Stanford University Under Investigation For Sex Bias—Against Men
Stanford University is being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for bias against men. According to the complaint filed with the OCR, the elite school offers several programs to support women and no equivalents for men. The Stanford women’s programs are just the latest in a long list of university-based women’s initiatives under fire for violating regulations that prohibit sex discrimination.
Kursat Pekgoz, CEO of Doruk, a Turkish real estate company and James Moore, a Stanford alumnus and an emeritus professor at the University of Southern California (USC), filed the complaints against Stanford. The two met when Pekgoz was a graduate student at USC. The pair believe the Stanford programs violate Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in education programs that receive federal financial assistance—that includes almost all colleges and universities in the U.S.
The original claim against Stanford included complaints regarding 27 Stanford programs that Moore and Pekgoz believed violated Title IX. This month, the Office of Civil Rights officially opened an investigation into five of these programs: Stanford’s Women in Business, Women in Stanford Law, Stanford Women in Design, Stanford Society of Women Engineers and the Gabilan Provost’s Discretionary Fund.
Pekgoz and Moore claimed that the four organizations are illegal because their names imply they exclude men, all their members are women, and Stanford offers no similar support programs for men. Their beef with the provost’s fund is that it supports the hiring and retention of female faculty, but not male faculty, in the sciences and engineering. Stanford University did not respond to requests for comment about the allegations.
According to the complaint, the programs supporting women are outdated because women now outnumber men in college programs. Women in the United States have indeed earned more bachelor’s degrees than men since the mid-1980s. Women also outperform men academically, earning higher GPAs in high school and college. Even in male-dominated STEM fields, there’s evidence women’s grades are better than men’s. Regarding graduate school, women have outnumbered men in law school since 2016 and medical school since 2019.
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