Comments on: GUSA releases suggestions for improved policies surrounding sexual assault http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/30/gusa-releases-suggestions-for-improved-policies-surrounding-sexual-assault/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 By: Babs http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/30/gusa-releases-suggestions-for-improved-policies-surrounding-sexual-assault/comment-page-1/#comment-762157 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:31:05 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55670#comment-762157 Could someone explain to me why universities adjudicate sexual assault at all? Actively creating a culture of consent on campus is obviously the responsibility of a private institution, but I have never understood why universities have the authority to adjudicate what is and should be criminal behavior. Honest question.

It seems to me that universities in general (and Georgetown in specific because it places an undue emphasis on its own reputation) are de facto biased because they have an incentive to not be seen as cesspools of assault.

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By: More info http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/30/gusa-releases-suggestions-for-improved-policies-surrounding-sexual-assault/comment-page-1/#comment-762156 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:11:59 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55670#comment-762156 Anyone know where I can find the GUSA press release and proposal? It would be helpful if the article provided an actual link to it…

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By: wut http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/30/gusa-releases-suggestions-for-improved-policies-surrounding-sexual-assault/comment-page-1/#comment-762154 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:53:32 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55670#comment-762154 i don’t understand why having administrators on the hearing board is better than students. Especially since by passing this GUSA implies that they (students) know more than the people in charge (administrators). This seems very logically inconsistent to me.

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By: Dizzy http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/30/gusa-releases-suggestions-for-improved-policies-surrounding-sexual-assault/comment-page-1/#comment-762126 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:19:05 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55670#comment-762126 Keep in mind that one of the reasons that official University statements in this arena tend to be… ‘flat’ is that a university cannot be seen as prejudging or being biased in its handling of such cases. Even creating the appearance of a potential bias opens the University up to lawsuits from the accused with claims that their educational rights have been violated. We’ve seen something similar in the military, where Obama’s strong statements regarding sexual assault have been cited as evidence of “inappropriate command interference” in judicial processes. Only, as you might imagine, the UCMJ gives the accused far less leeway than is given to students in a campus administrative/conduct setting.

This is particularly true when the proposed changes move away from established notions of due process like the right to face your accuser (“reducing contact between survivors and perpetrators in hearings”) and the right to be judged by a jury of your peers (“allowing administrators to replace students on the hearing board”). Obviously, universities are not obligated to provide criminal justice-level standards of due process in their campus conduct processes – nor should they. But they do have to strike a balance and maintain at least the appearance of impartiality, which can be a very tough thing to do.

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By: JustSaying http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/30/gusa-releases-suggestions-for-improved-policies-surrounding-sexual-assault/comment-page-1/#comment-762122 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:39:37 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55670#comment-762122 Honestly, as an alum, I’m really excited to see GUSA tackling this in such a thoughtful way. It shines a spotlight on the administration’s total failure to address this campus issue. Pugh’s statement is disappointing, and, as usual, lacks any sense of urgency.

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