Stanford Sexual-Assault Case: Did the University Do Enough to Punish a Student It Found Responsible for Sexual Misconduct?
How should colleges punish students whom they find responsible for forcible sexual assault? It’s one of the questions riling campuses this year, as student activists push universities—and Congress and the White House—to focus on the problem of non-consensual sex on campus. Should schools kick out students based on the findings of a disciplinary committee, or is suspension enough? In other words, should universities treat these students as rapists—even though they have not been convicted in a court of law—or as kids who messed up?