By Bob Unruh at WND
A federal regulatory move to lower the standard for convictions in on-campus trials for offenses such as sexual assault to the “preponderance of evidence” has been thwarted, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Criminal trials must show guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” but on campuses a higher standard of “clear and convincing” evidence has been utilized.
However, changes proposed by the federal agency would have mandated the use of the “preponderance” standard, which could produce a conviction based on evidence that shows nothing more than a person is more likely guilty than not.
The proposed change would make obtaining convictions in on-campus disciplinary trials much easier and quicker, analysts said.
Various civil and student rights organizations had fought the proposal, and word came on their victory through Inside Higher Education...