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Title IX? New Rules for Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

There is a “complainant” and a “respondent.” There are investigative reports, forensic evidence, and exchanges of documents between the parties. There is a hearing with the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and deliver opening and closing statements. Finally, there is a process for appeal. Sounds like a usual day at the Lancaster County Courthouse, right? No. This is a description of the adversarial process used by colleges and universities around the country to address charges of sexual assault on their campuses.

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