Until recently, the fate of college students who were accused of sexual misconduct was determined by campus disciplinary bodies. But the federal Sixth Circuit appeals court correctly ruled that they have a right to due process (“Thank the courts for rescuing college kids from unfair sex-assault charges,” New York Post, Sep. 28).
The truth is that campus courts were kangaroo courts, which favored accusers. They did not allow cross-examination. Without it, those accused were unable to mount a defense. As a result, being accused of sex assault was tantamount to being found guilty. It was a travesty of justice.
Victims of sexual assault should be required to file a complaint with off-campus police. Disciplinary systems on campus have long been tilted in favor of accusers. Yes, they have rights, but so too do the accused. Too much is at stake to return to the old system.
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