Law professors at Harvard are denouncing the university's new sexual assault policy (NKCPhoto/FlickrCC).
Professors at Harvard Law School arethe university to revoke new procedures addressing on-campus sexual misconduct, saying the rules go too far.
In July, Harvarda new university-wide policy to prevent sexual violence, lowering the burden of proof necessary to find someone guilty. It also created a central office to investigate sexual assaults.
Since then, the federal government has been pushing all universities receiving public funds to embrace similar policies, and this monthbecame the first state in the nation to adopt an affirmative consent standard for sexual assault on college campuses.
Now a group of distinguished Harvard law professors say the school's new policy denies due process to those accused of assault or harassment.
“Many of us are deeply concerned with the nature of the policy,” said Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet.
Bartholet says the new rule is stacked against accused students and it could undermine their careers.
"There’s a very serious problem in having one office that’s responsible for investigating, prosecuting and then adjudicating,” said Bartholet.
From the professors' statement:
In a, university administrators said they’re confident the new policy will create a neutral and fair mechanism for investigating sexual assaults on all of Harvard's campuses.