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Spotlight on Due Process
Due process and fundamental fairness are in crisis on America’s college and university campuses. Colleges today investigate and punish offenses ranging from vandalism and housing violations to felonious acts of sexual assault, taking on the responsibility—often at the behest of the federal government—to punish offenses that are arguably better left to courts and law enforcement. But this willingness to administer what is effectively a shadow justice system has not been accompanied by a willingness to provide even the most basic procedural protections that should accompany accusations of serious wrongdoing.
Spotlight on Due Process 2021-2022
FIRE analyzes disciplinary procedures at 53 top-ranked institutions nationwide according to U.S. News & World Report’s National University Rankings and rates them based on 10 fundamental elements of due process.
Previous Due Process Reports
Spotlight on Due Process 2020-2021
Colleges and universities across the country consistently refuse to provide students with sufficient due process protections and fundamental fairness in disciplinary proceedings.
Spotlight on Due Process 2019-2020
Colleges and universities across the country are failing to afford their students due process and fundamental fairness in their disciplinary proceedings.
Spotlight on Due Process 2018
In 2018, the Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights proposed new federal regulations that would require schools to provide many procedural safeguards in sexual misconduct cases.
Spotlight on Due Process 2017
For the first time, FIRE has rated 53 top universities in the country based on 10 fundamental elements of due process.
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