Does Saifullah Khan go back to Yale now?

“Yale Student Found Not Guilty in Rape Trial” (nytimes) is about a 25-year-old defendant who was found “not guilty” by a jury (but the journalists and editors refer to his unnamed accuser as “the victim” in the last paragraph; what was the unnamed person a victim of, if no crime was committed?). Saifullah Khan was, according to the article, suspended from Yale. Does the school now take him back so that he can finish the degree toward which, presumably, hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been paid? Or do they pocket the money and say “You don’t meet our standards for enrollment”?

What has this guy been doing for 2.5 years? Has he been a full-time defendant or did someone want to hire him to pump septic tanks or do HVAC system maintenance? Did he go back to his native Afghanistan and Skype with his legal defense team as needed? If he does graduate from Yale, who will hire him after doing any kind of Google search? Can he do a legal name change to “Billy Bob Cone” and thus thwart employers or graduate schools that might be interested in this background?

“A New Survey Finds 81 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment” (PBS) suggests that a significant number of Americans might be cast out of society by the time all of these complaints have been adjudicated. Can those accused and subsequently acquitted worm their way back in? What are the aggregate economic effects?

[Update: Looks like the NYT has edited the article. It now says “Maura Crossin, executive director of the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, which, along with the state’s attorney’s office, represented the complainant, declined to comment.” So they’ve replaced the word victim with complainant. Also they’ve added the fact that, after a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for three hours, comparable to the 2.5 hours that the jury took to acquit the defendant in the trail chronicle in the Missoula book (see below)..]

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11 thoughts on “Does Saifullah Khan go back to Yale now?

  1. As a student, Khan, who was a cognitive science major, had a range of interests. He was a member of the Jewish secret society Shabtai and served as an executive board member in the Muslim Students Association in 2012.

    Why would he do that ?

  2. What happened to PRESUMED innocent until proven guilty? And, what happened to NOT GUILTY by jury verdict mean exactly that!

    He should sue Yale for presuming his guilty and delaying his academic pursuit. Not only should he go back, he should get compensated for the interruption and presumed loss of income and opportunities due to delayed graduation. And, the school should be slapped with punitive damages for believing his accusers.

  3. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t go back to Yale. Unlike the state or the jury, Yale has an “affirmative consent” standard. Norm Pattis’ strategy of creating doubt in the jury’s minds by suggesting that she implied consent through emojis in her text messages and by her choice of Halloween costume (I’m not kidding), won’t go far in convincing decision makers at Yale that she offered anything in the way of affirmative consent. He may have been declared not-guilty of rape under state law, but I find it hard to believe that leaves him off the hook at Yale.

  4. Anon, sometimes the trauma of rape makes women behave in unusual ways, such as by seeking out anal sex with strange men immediately after her assault.

  5. Dwight:

    I doubt that there’s any basis for your lawsuit idea. It’s not likely that a state or federal law exists that requires a conviction for a school to expel a student.

  6. Security card swipe data shown in court confirmed “victim” sent “rapist” out in the middle of the night (to get condoms, says rapist) then let him back in. Surprised prosecutors would bring this case.

  7. She was so intoxicated she puked multiple times. Intoxication makes consent impossible to obtain. It’s pretty cut and dry

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