FIRE’s Robert Shibley in ‘Wall Street Journal’: Time to Reform the Kangaroo Courts on Campus

December 28, 2016

For years, FIRE has sounded the alarm over new mandates from the federal government that deprive students of important due process protections during campus sexual misconduct disciplinary hearings. Now, with a forthcoming administrative change at the Department of Education, there is an opportunity to reverse some of the failed policies that have led to an erosion of students’ rights and a distrust of campus courts.

In an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal, FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley spells out what can be done by new leadership at the Department of Education to improve fairness and accuracy in adjudicating sexual misconduct on campus, while respecting the Constitution. As Shibley writes, “Campus courts might not be real courts, but sexual assault is equally serious whether it happens on campus or off and deserves to be treated as such.”

Read Robert’s prescriptions for what the Department of Education can do to help campuses do a better job by visiting The Wall Street Journal’s website, or by picking up a copy of today’s paper.

If you are interested in a deeper dive into how the government has “twisted” federal law to prioritize politics over free speech and fundamental fairness, check out Robert’s recently released short book, Twisting Title IX, available on in paperback and Kindle format.