At America’s best universities, accused students aren’t presumed innocent, report says

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'Top universities have developed three tiers of justice for students accused of sexual misconduct and other offenses, stacking the deck against defendants, according to a new report by an education watchdog.

The report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) comes as the Biden administration appears poised to push schools back from Title IX regulations adopted last year to establish due process in university investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

FIRE examined 53 top universities’ policies for adjudicating complaints, particularly those involving sexual harassment, which fall under regulations implemented by the Trump administration in 2020. Those regulations were designed to restore protections for accused people after the Obama administration had forced schools to lower the standard of evidence used in such cases from “clear and convincing” to a “more likely than not.”'

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