WASHINGTON, June 26, 2017 — The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section has issued a report on behalf of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections. The report provides recommendations to guide colleges and universities for resolving allegations of campus sexual misconduct.
The final report was developed by a task force of lawyers consisting of current and former academics, school administrators, defense attorneys, prosecutors, government officials, victim advocacy representatives and other interested constituents. The recommendations address due process rights for both the victim and the accused in college campus sexual misconduct cases.
The findings of the task force were unanimously endorsed by the Criminal Justice Section Council, but are not formal ABA policy. The endorsed findings urge the nation’s private and public colleges and universities to adopt a disciplinary system in sexual misconduct cases that includes procedural and substantive due process protections for the accused while protecting the rights and interests of the victim.
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