An Ivy League university is being criticized from its own law professors regarding school procedures for dealing with sexual assault complaints against students.
More than a dozen professors from Pennsylvania Law School signed a letter objecting the university’s latest sexual misconduct policy, which they believe doesn’t protect the rights of the accused. The publicly-exposed letter comes in the heels of a similar incident by professors at the Harvard Law School.
Penn professors are also troubled that the accused students are barred from getting an attorney to cross-examine witnesses against them.
A representative from the university’s administration defended the school’s policies.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has given instructions to schools to utilize the preponderance of evidence standard in handling sexual misconduct situations.
The Pennsylvania Law School isn’t among the number of colleges being looked into by the agency for investigation or dealing with any sexual abuse complaints.