Yale University is being investigated by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights following a Title IX complaint from a male student who says the school harbors a "toxic environment against men."
But the student who filed the complaint to the DOE doesn't even attend Yale — Kursat Christoff Pekgoz is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California who filed 17 such complaints against other institutions.
Pekgoz says that "women are an ever-increasing majority in colleges," and that "male students are far more likely to drop out. Also, younger men are making less money than women despite working in more hazardous jobs."
He also panics that "we have this problem that male enrollment has been dropping steadily for more than a decade...It may be necessary to implement affirmative action for men, but first we have to abolish affirmative action for women."
According to a 2016 Census Bureau report, the median pay for young women was $11,000 less than that for young men.
While Pekgoz does have a point that women make up 56 percent of college students nationwide, they're not an undergraduate majority at Yale (at 49 percent).
Title IX is a law that every educational institution — kindergarten through college — which receives federal funding, must adhere to.
Its language is straightforward: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits to, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
But the law's simplicity leaves it open to interpretation.
Under Title IX, anyone can file a complaint, whether they're affiliated with an institution or not (as shown in Pekgoz's cases). One retired teacher from Washington says that he "may have had a hand" in filing thousands of complaints against schools nationwide.
Herb Dempsey bragged that he has cost schools "millions" just by checking the internet to see if all things were equal in campus athletics. When asked if he used Google to determine his targets, he said, "I do it all the time. Lighting on a baseball field vs. a softball field. Google Earth takes photos in broad daylight and I can see the shadows."
The threat of losing federal funding means that institutions of higher education, in particular, have bolstered their legal teams to remain in compliance while handling complaints that may not even apply to their campuses. While most Title IX cases deal with athletics, a broad array of complaints are drawn under its umbrella.
Yale's most recent case is no different.