Remove your Kangaroo Court sex assault directive
  • Petitioned Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Remove your Kangaroo Court sex assault directive

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On April 4, 2011, the Department of Education (DED) issued a directive mandating how universities should handle allegations of sexual assault. Among other things, the DED directive requires campus disciplinary committees to abandon the usual “clear and convincing” (70-80%) standard, and use the 51% “preponderance of evidence” instead.

This short-circuiting of due process represents an unprecedented roll-back of the civil rights of students and faculty members alike. Now, a mere accusation can bring a sudden end to the accused student’s college career – like Caleb Warner, the University of North Dakota student who was wrongfully expelled after a cavalier investigation of bogus sexual assault charges:

The American Association of University Professors, National Association of Scholars, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and 30 columnists have urged the DED to take down this flawed policy.

Sign this petition now. Tell Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to remove the April 4 sexual assault directive.

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    • Howard Goldman PATCHOGUE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      All Americans deserve be presumed innocent and get due process of law especially with a charge this serious. This is not a speeding ticket, it's rape. We must stop men from being expelled from college (and all other colleges won't accept him with an expulsion for rape on his record) just because a woman decides to file a false accusation (which occurs anywhere from 10% to 50% of the time depending on the study used). Rape accusers need to be taken seriously, and so do the rights of men.


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