Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Princeton's solution to thorny 'Dear Colleague' problem should be national model

COTWA applauds Princeton University, which will continue to run campus sexual assault proceedings disciplinary proceedings using a "clear and persuasive" standard, while conducting a parallel process in sexual assault cases using the preponderance of the evidence standard to determine if there has been a Title IX violation. This means an accused student might be cleared of sexual assault, but the school might have a duty to provide support for the accuser. A perfect balance to protecting the accuser while insuring the innocent aren't punished. And the Dept. of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali indicated she wasn't necessarily opposed. We hope all schools follow suit.