Discussion on Campus Assaults May Be Molded by Poor Policy

June 26, 2014

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

A U.S. senator is holding a series of roundtable discussions on sexual assaults that take place on college campuses. Some conservatives fear the discussions will result in restrictions of the due process rights of students and faculty.

Senator Claire McCaskill is leading the roundtable series. Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is concerned that the controversial policy regarding sexual misconduct that was involved in the settlement of the University of Montana will be part of the discussions.

“The Department of Justice in the McCaskill roundtable discussion was discussing a number of steps that universities could take, many of which F.I.R.E. had objected to when the University of Montana made its settlement with the departments of justice and education,” he says. “And unfortunately those now seem to be back on the table.”

He is bothered by the fact that F.I.R.E. and other civil liberties advocates have been excluded from the roundtables.

“I believe Senator McCaskill intends to introduce legislation based on the things that she finds in these roundtable discussions, which is why it would be so important to have a civil libertarian perspective, and its unfortunate that isn’t happening,” he tells OneNewsNow.

Shibley says it’s worrisome that Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Jocelyn Samuels has reintroduced the idea of using the University of Montana’s policy as a blueprint for universities nationwide.