Prosecutors’ Group Backs Changes to College Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

August 14, 2015

By Valerie Bauerlein at The Wall Street Journal

A national prosecutors’ group is backing a congressional proposal that would upend the handling of campus sexual assault cases, saying universities need to consult police before adjudicating and punishing potentially criminal offenses.

The National District Attorneys Association said it supports the recently introduced Safe Campus Act, which would require police investigation of sexual assault claims before schools begin disciplinary proceedings against accused students. The mandatory-reporting requirement would be a sea change from the current practice, as schools commonly handle allegations of sexual assault independently...

Schools: University of Virginia