Cheyney Ryan, emeritus professor at the University of Oregon, has questioned the school's compliance with Title IX during an investigation into allegations that three basketball players raped a woman.
EUGENE, Ore. - Cheyney Ryan
The University of Oregon
emeritus professor accused the school of "an ad hominem attack ... and a serious one" after the school claimed KATU News
expertise in a recent story.
The scuffle began with the On Your Side Investigators' story on Monday, which examined the University of Oregon's
actions in the wake of rape allegations against three members of the school's men's basketball team.
questioned the university's compliance with Title IX throughout the investigation, and said he's
consistently met resistance at the school when trying to improve awareness of and compliance with the federal regulation.
After KATU's story ran, UO sent a letter out to alumni that said, in part, that the story included "misrepresentation of the expertise of a retired UO faculty member," referring to Ryan
"I gather the email's stressing I was 'retired' meant to suggest I was a dithering old fool, given to crack-pot pronouncements," Ryan
said in an email to KATU
The story characterized Ryan
as an emeritus professor and a nationally recognized expert on Title IX.
Ryan forwarded KATU an email exchange with university officials, who said they didn't realize he was an emeritus professor because the proper paperwork hadn't been filled out.
I believe Dr. Ryan
before I do UO administrators doing a cover-up.Â Dr. Ryan
is neutral, the administrators are simply trying to protect themselves.
Secondly - and more importantly - the University's reaction to the story, including their characterization of Ryan
, indicates to me that it's more likely than not that there's actually some meat to the story. Â You jock worshipers clearly haven't been paying attention to the news in this country the past couple of years, if you think that this is all just a made-up ratings booster by KATU.Â
Whatever one's view of the underlying rape allegations involving student athletes (and I take no position as I haven't followed the story much), the University of Oregon's attempt to discredit emeritus professor Ryan in a letter to alumni strikes me as petty and vindictive.