WASHINGTON – Sen. Patrick Leahy will scrap a provision in draft legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act following complaints that it would compromise due-process protections for college students accused of sexual harassment or violence.
“Because of the feedback he has received concerning this proposal, he does not plan to include it in the bill he later will introduce,” Erica Chabot, spokeswoman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, said this week.
Leahy, D-Vt., is the committee’s chairman.
His draft measure would have required federally funded colleges and universities to apply a lower standard of proof — a “preponderance” of evidence rather than “clear and convincing” evidence — in cases of alleged domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The provision would codify controversial guidance from federal education officials… read the rest here: Leahy scraps provision in anti-domestic violence bill following complaints Also see: http://ncfm.org/2011/08/news/discrimination-against-men-news/save-press-release-academia-rebels-against-the-presumption-of-guilt-for-men/