Student accused of rape is granted due process rights for college hearing

Due process has not been a priority for college students who are brought before tribunals for accusations of sexual harassment. This might be changing.

  • A court has ruled: the University of Michigan must allow a student accused of rape the chance to question his accuser’s story.
  • This ruling may be in line with new guidelines expected from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos aimed at relaxing the previous administration’s policy toward protecting on-campus victims of sexual harassment which were criticized for being unfair to the accused.
  • While Obama’s policies did not preclude an open hearing (as was granted in the Michigan case), colleges were free to choose their approach to justice. Many have chosen the no-hearing format that is now in question.

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