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Port: There’s nothing 'horrifying' about due process for college campuses

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 20, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

“What Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to do to school sexual misconduct rules is horrifying,” writes left-wing ideologue Jim Shaw.

What horrors is Secretary DeVos perpetrating? She “would allow accused students to cross-examine their accusers, only allow colleges to be involved if the assault took place on campus, would make it harder to punish the accused, and would narrow the definition of sexual harassment,” Shaw writes.

That doesn’t seem very horrifying to me. What’s been horrifying is to watch the rise of campus kangaroo courts, where academics largely untrained in the nuances of criminal law attempt to adjudicate criminal cases which put the accused in serious, life-altering jeopardy.

This trend began during the Obama years, which saw the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) dictate to colleges the procedures they must follow when it comes to accusations of sexual misconduct. Those procedures mandated that accusations be substantiated with the lowest possible evidentiary standard, and many of the traditional protections and due process afforded the accused (things like access to legal counsel) were explicitly prohibited.

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