U.S. Higher Education News for September 12, 2015

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“Campus Sexual Assault Trial Congratulates Witch-Hunt Mind-Set [sic].” Legal Monitor Worldwide 12 Sep. 2015.

Public universities should be able to use lower standards of evidence when deciding to expel students accused of sexual assault, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis said at a hearing in Washington, D.C.

Polis, speaking at a higher education subcommittee meeting on preventing and responding to sexual assault on college campus, suggested creating a lower legal standard of evidence for public universities than currently used.

“I mean, if there’s 10 people that have been accused and, under a reasonable likelihood standard, maybe one or two did it, seems better to get rid of all 10 people,” said Polis, a Democrat whose district includes Colorado State University and University of Colorado, as well as Fort Collins. “We’re not talking about depriving them of life or liberty, we’re talking about their transfer to another university, for crying out…

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