AAUP Urges Education Dept. to Reconsider Sexual-Harassment Guidance

The American Association of University Professors is urging the Education Department to reconsider recommending as the standard of evidence “more likely than not” in campus sexual-harassment cases. To uphold academic freedom, the AAUP’s burden of proof is “clear and convincing evidence”; the newly recommended lower standard would erode due-process protections, Gregory F. Scholtz, associate secretary and director of the association’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, wrote to Russlynn H. Ali, the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights. AAUP joins the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free-speech group, in opposing the new guidelines. Other groups, including the American Association of University Women, have applauded them.

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