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: http://www.saveservices.org/2011/10/falsely-accused-student-will-not-return-to-college-that-wrongfully-expelled-him/
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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