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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 08:05

Is a Higher Standard Needed for Campus Sexual Assault Cases?

Written by  NYTimes
Stanford University is facing criticism for its handling of sexual assault cases.

The federal government requires college panels to judge sexual assault cases based on a preponderance of evidence, a lower standard of proof than is required in criminal trials. Some argue this system is unfair to the accused, and that the standard of proof should be more strenuous. But others say that it is the only appropriate standard for colleges, and that the broad latitude these panels can take is unfair to victims: Stanford University, for example, is facing criticism for requiring that their panels rule unanimously before finding a student guilty.

Is a “preponderance of evidence” the right standard of proof for college panels judging sexual assault cases?

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