Thursday, August 4, 2011

University of Virginia's sexual assault guide for students has a section for accused students . . . but read it

Scrolling through a sexual assault guide issued to students at the University of Virginia, I noticed a section about how victims of sexual assault are afforded all manner of assistance, treatment and care. Among other things it says: "We recognize how difficult it is to seek help and redress, whether through criminal, civil, or internal University procedures, and will provide support to survivors as they see fit."

Right beneath that is a section called "FOR ACCUSED STUDENTS," and I assumed it would be geared toward advising accused students of their options and rights. Instead, it seemed only to allow for the possibility that the accused students are guilty and in need of counseling because they are abusive. (It mentions "CAPS," which stands for the Student Health’s Counseling and Psychological Services.)

The greatest need an accused student has, of course, is for legal assistance, and nowhere is such assistance specifically mentioned.

See the section for accused students below: