Former UVA Law Student Sues Department of Education

June 17, 2016

By Staff at Inside Higher Ed

A recent University of Virginia law school graduate is suing the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the department has illegally mandated that colleges abandon due process protections when adjudicating sexual assault cases. In particular, the lawsuit focuses on the department’s directive that colleges use a low standard of proof called preponderance of evidence. The department’s Office for Civil Rights instructed colleges to use this standard in a 2011 Dear Colleague letter…

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