In light of last month’s manhunt in Boston, which included a shooting on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, University emergency management officials have sought to increase awareness within the University community of responses to such “active threat” situations.
Representatives of the Board of Judicial Affairs (BJA) subsequently spoke about revisions to the ARP.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate unanimously approved the Alternative Review Process (ARP)–a revised judicial procedure for cases involving sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and stalking–at its Feb. 5 meeting.
Despite a gradual decrease in the number of reported thefts, bicycle thefts remain the most common crime on campus, according to the 2012 Stanford University Safety, Security and Fire Report.
If the loss of federal funds were not at stake, Stanford would ideally adopt the clear and convincing standard while pursuing other means to encourage sexual assault reporting that do not jeopardize the rights of the accused.
In addition to being consistent with Title IX, we believe that the ARP is good policy, particularly the controversial preponderance of evidence standard.