A counter-attack on the campus “War on Men” has been initiated with a civil rights complaint being filed against the University of Oregon.

As Professor Glenn Reynolds notes, “If this flies, a lot of schools will be at risk.”

Former Eugene City Councilor Kevin Hornbuckle has filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of three University of Oregon students who were kicked off the basketball team in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Hornbuckle said he submitted his Title IX complaint against the UO on Monday through the website of the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

“The basic problem is that rape accusations are effectively forever,” Hornbuckle said Tuesday. “And the University of Oregon as well as the media have gravely harmed these three players, probably for the rest of their lives.”

In failing to defend the three players, and by “publicly impugning their character and morals,” the UO administration “participated in generating a climate of hysteria,” Hornbuckle wrote in his complaint.

The UO on Tuesday did not respond to a request for comment from The Register-Guard.

Hornbuckle accused the UO and its athletic department of violating the players’ right to privacy and their right of assembly by condemning the sexual encounters of the three ballplayers and a female student.

“This complaint is on behalf of all students at the University of Oregon who expected the president and every other administrator to keep their prying noses out of their sex lives,” Hornbuckle said.

“You would find in the sociological literature of young adult sex, reams of evidence of all kinds of exotic sexual activity at that age. It’s part of being human and being young,” he said.

The complaint highlights the bind the UO finds itself in: take action against the players and be accused of caving in to political correctness, or take no action and be accused of condoning a campus culture of rape.