Campus Judiciaries on Trial: An Update from the Courts
Colleges and universities have adjudicated countless allegations of sexual assault among their students despite their lack of both the tools available to law enforcement to ensure a thorough investigation and the ability to conduct a trial in a fair and orderly manner. Unfair proceedings that lead to unreliable outcomes benefit no one. Both victims and the accused suffer when allegations of serious felonies are adjudicated in campus judiciaries that are underprepared and ill-equipped to handle such grave matters. Many recent court decisions and ongoing legislative efforts are pushing the pendulum back in the other direction toward fairer processes on campus, but there is still a long way to go, and getting there is going to require the active participation of everyone who cares about students’ fundamental rights.