At last, a bit of good news from higher education. A federal judge upheld the new grievance procedures for handling sexual-assault complaints on college campuses (“DeVos’s Sexual-Assault Rule Prevails,” The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 13).
What is now required is that both accuser and accused receive the same notice of allegations, can cross-examine witnesses and have the right to appeal. Formerly, accusers had the upper hand because due process was absent. As a result, campuses were the scene of kangaroo courts.
Nevertheless, I continue to believe that sexual-assault complaints should be handled by off-campus police who have been far better trained to investigate such matters. When the reputations and lives of young people are on the line, the stakes are too high for anything less.
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