The OCR’s “Dear Colleague” letter (2011) from the Obama Department of Education can be seen as a convenient starting point for the current war on campus due process for accused students—but a handful of elite schools actually made moves earlier.
1) Duke responded to the lacrosse case by revising its sexual assault policies to substantially broaden the definition of campus rape. (“The higher IQ, the more manipulative they are, the more cunning they are,” remarked the head of the Duke Women’s Center.
2) Stanford started training its disciplinary panel members to infer a logical defense by the accused student as a sign of guilt.
3) Yale, as part of an agreement with OCR, revised its procedures and promised biannual reports from Yale deputy provost Stephanie Spangler.
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