Duke Studies Itself: What Went Wrong?
Well, for starters they hired the former chancellor
of the school that the accuser is attending to do the study:The report was commissioned by the Duke president and prepared by Julius Chambers, a former chancellor at North Carolina Central University, where the accuser is a student, and William G. Bowen, a former president of Princeton University who is now head of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
So is there any doubt that the report is going to focus on why it took so long for Duke to take action against the lacrosse team?Duke underestimated the rape allegations against members of the lacrosse team in part because Durham police initially said the accuser "kept changing her story and was not credible," according to a university report issued Monday.
Hmmm, sounds to me like Duke and the police had a pretty good handle on this story from the beginning.The report said Duke President Richard Brodhead did not learn about the incident for a week, and only then by reading about it in the student newspaper. When Brodhead sought more information from Larry Moneta, Duke's vice president for student affairs, he was told "the accusations were not credible and were unlikely to amount to anything," the report said.
So what happened? The feminists, including some bloggers, pushed the story forward. They managed to create a minor stampede against the players, but as the facts have emerged, it turns out that the initial impressions were correct, and that the accuser didn't have a lot of credibility.