Law Review: Campus sex-assault tribunals may soon change

Article here. Excerpt:

'The tone at the outset seemed friendly enough, but the underlying message was unmistakably coercive.

In April 2011, the federal Department of Education wrote to colleges and universities to tell them they would be held to account if they failed to crack down on sexual assaults.

So far, so good. But in what has become known as the “Dear Colleague" letter, the department’s Office of Civil Rights set new standards for adjudicating sexual-assault cases that stripped many traditional legal protections from the accused. Universities that failed to move aggressively faced the loss of federal money and the public shaming ritual of being placed on a list of institutions under investigation by the department.
Now, it seems as if a pullback by the Office of Civil Rights is in the offing. Late last month, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of Obama-era rules at the agency. Most close observers of the debate over the Obama administration’s campus sexual-assault guidelines believe the rules will come under scrutiny and likely will be changed.'

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