September 9th, 2014
Princeton University may soon make significant changes in the way it handles allegations of sexual misconduct, including lowering the standards required to find someone guilty in its disciplinary proceedings.
The changes at the university, whose sexual misconduct policies are the subject of a continuing federal investigation, would bring its procedures in line with those at peer institutions and in compliance, administrators say, with federal requirements.
For years, the university has forged its own path on this issue. Many colleges, including all the other members of the Ivy League, consider people to be guilty if a “preponderance of the evidence” suggests they committed sexual assault — basically, if it is more likely than not that they did so.