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Experts: Ruling against college seeks to protect accused

Jul 16, 2015 by

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A ruling by a judge that a California university unfairly punished a student for sexual misconduct sends a strong warning that schools under federal pressure to better address rape should not forget to respect the rights of the accused, legal experts said.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joel M. Pressman ruled Friday that there was not enough evidence to back up the allegations against the student, identified only as John Doe, and that the University of California San Diego failed to give him a fair trial. Pressman ordered the school to lift his suspension of a year and a quarter.

UC San Diego officials declined to comment on the ruling. They said they were still evaluating whether to appeal.

Legal experts said the case sets a precedent as universities grapple with the best way to address sexual violence on their campuses and ensure justice is served for all in the wake of a national campaign by the Obama administration, which has criticized the institutions for not supporting victims.

 

Source: Experts: Ruling against college seeks to protect accused – The Denver Post

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