Why are college and university students subject to different legal procedures from regular citizens? Is a non-student who commits rape on a campus offered the option of an “internal” investigation rather than facing criminal charges? Of course not. Why was the Catholic University student who was allegedly raped by another student offered an option of dealing with an internal investigation? Murder, rape and assault are all crimes, period, regardless of where they are committed and the affiliations of the people involved. Perpetrators of crimes should come under the purview of public law enforcement officials, not campus employees, and certainly not through a “disciplinary” procedure.
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