Should Expulsion Be The Default Disciplinary Measure Following a Sexual Assault?

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Should Expulsion Be The Default Disciplinary Measure Following a Sexual Assault?

It is not unusual to witness demonstrations on campus when a college is seen as not being tough enough when it comes to protecting alleged victims and dealing with those accused in the right way.

If a student is claiming that they were sexually assaulted by a fellow student on campus should expulsion be the right response? Or should the accused be suspended pending further investigation?

Case-by-case basis

Some colleges take a harder line than others. In response to a growing number of allegations of sexual assault.  There have been ruling changes applied by a number of institutions.

Some colleges have now put a greater emphasis on expulsion as a penalty.  However, many of them have not fully committed to making expulsion mandatory.

The general approach seems to be a case of making it clear to all students that sanctions in response to claims of sexual assault may include expulsion. This is in line with other policies relating to drug and alcohol issues, for instance.

What seems to be happening is that many colleges are approaching the problem by treating each incident on a case-by-case basis.

Differences in state laws also make the process of applying fair retribution and punishment extremely difficult for colleges. If someone is automatically excluded from campus once an allegation is made against them.   Some argue that this suggests the accused is automatically guilty of the offense before getting the chance to define their position.

This is a very challenging situation. No one appears to be able to agree that expulsion should be the default position.







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