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.