George Washington University: Violation of Due Process Rights in Sexual Misconduct Policy
George Washington University (GW) proposed a new sexual misconduct policy that lacked even basic provisions of procedural fairness. In a stunning and wholly appropriate blow to the university administration, GW’s faculty senate voted 15-0 to condemn a proposed sexual harassment code that virtually eliminated due process protections. The spirited discussion before the vote included references to FIRE and a resounding condemnation of Columbia University’s atrocious Sexual Misconduct Policy, which has now achieved the dubious distinction of demonstrating how serious charges should not be handled in a civilized community.
April 30, 2001
Dear Professors and Faculty Senators, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and journalists across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, academic freedom, legal equality, free speech, freedom of religion, and, in this case, due process and fundamental fairness on America’s college campuses. Our web page, www.thefire.org, will give you a fuller sense of our identity and activities. The faculty members of an institution of higher learning have a solemn obligation to pass along to the next generation a university at least as free, humane, and decent […]» Read More