Robert Speaking at UNC on Wednesday on Campus Sexual Assault and Due Process

By September 19, 2011

This Wednesday, September 21, FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley will speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC College Libertarians (including 2011 FIRE intern David Deerson) have invited Robert to discuss the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR’s) recent Dear Colleague Letter and its implications for students’ due process rights.

"Sexual Assault on Campus: Why Due Process Matters"
7:00 pm EDT
Bingham 317
Sponsored by the UNC Libertarians

As Torch readers well know, FIRE is gravely concerned by OCR’s letter and the erosion of due process that its mandates have already caused in campus allegations of sexual misconduct. One prominent example is Stanford University, where the standard of evidence was lowered in the middle of one student’s disciplinary proceedings, and student jurors were told that "acting persuasive and logical" was a sign of an abuser. FIRE supporters at UNC are encouraged to attend and join the discussion on this important issue.

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