Before they took a turn toward the psychedelic in the mid-1960s, the Beach Boys were about as uncontroversial as you could get in American pop music. But what was acceptable for teenyboppers in the early ’60s may be too sexually taboo for today’s college campuses. University of Kentucky (UK) journalism professor Buck Ryan claims he was sanctioned for singing the Beach Boys’ 1965 single “California Girls” while in his official capacity as a UK representative. The university’s Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity found Ryan violated federal Title IX guidelines against sex-based discrimination and harassment by using “language of a sexual nature.”
“If my case is any indication, then everyone concerned about discrimination and sexual harassment should be alarmed,” wrote Ryan in a letter to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan also pointed out that he has never, in a teaching career spanning more than 30 years, “faced a complaint of sexual misconduct from a student.”
The school says there is more to the story, and insists that Ryan is being less than honest
An October 2015 letter from Patty Bender, UK’s vice president for equal opportunity, to the dean of the communications school states that “more than a preponderance of the evidence” revealed Ryan to be “in violation of the discrimination and harassment policy prohibiting inappropriate touching and language of a sexual nature.” The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity recommended that Ryan “not be funded by the University of Kentucky to represent UK in any travel abroad,” that a recent award which would require overseas travel be forfeited, and that Ryan be required to attend equality training.
According to the letter, Ryan’s transgressions did include causing “concern and embarrassment” amongst his colleagues by singing a modified version of “California Girls” at a closing ceremony while “inserting the names of Chinese cities” into the lyrics. He is also accused of having an “inappropriate,” albeit non-sexual, relationship with a Chinese student.
An “inappropropriate, non-sexual relationship” with a student who never raised any complaint about Ryan. This has me questioning what would stand as an example of such a relationship? There are lots of pieces missing in this story, and judgement ought to be reserved. But, given how over the top the Left is………….