Charges of rape and other sexual assaults on college and university campuse —and how school officials investigate and adjudicate them—are receiving unprecedented attention. Young women who believe their schools mishandled their cases have formed advocacy groups, and they and others have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, which is investigating 86 colleges and universities. The White House created a special task force on campus sexual assault, and Congress passed legislation last year mandating training for school personnel and ongoing education for students on the issue. But as momentum builds to hold schools more accountable, civil libertarians say the pressure is leading schools to violate the rights of accused students. Meanwhile, the standard of evidence schools use when deciding sexual assault cases is under debate, along with whether schools' adoption of so-called affirmative consent for sexual encounters is too intrusive, and whether schools should turn over all investigations to police.
This in-depth article quotes Legal Momentum's Senor Staff Attorney, Christina Brandt-Young, on the issue of campus sexual assault. Full article access requires a subscription, or check with your library.