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May 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

University sexual assaults: Responsibility shouldn’t rest with the universities

While sexual assault, harassment and rape are all crimes where perpetrators need to be prosecuted zealously, I don’t believe responsibility for punishing the perpetrators (or preventing the crimes) should rest with the university [“Victims of campus rape should be dialing 911,” Opinion, May 10].

If a murder occurred on campus, it would not be the university’s responsibility to prosecute the murderer — that job would be handed over to the police and courts of law.

While it is very noble that universities are trying to prevent and punish sexual crimes, when does it become too much? Students are being suspended and expelled, for crimes they may not have even committed, because they are being punished by universities who do not give these students due process.

These universities can ruin a student’s future with a suspension or expulsion based only on the word of another student. This is not what our country stands for. This needs to change. Victims and suspects alike have their rights, and in the U.S., these rights need to be upheld for everyone.

Josh Gibbs, Redmond

Comments | More in Sexual assault | Topics: campuses, harassment, Josh Gibbs


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