Following last week’s town halls about the Alternative Review Process (ARP), the ASSU Undergraduate Senate created a judicial review committee to study the sexual assault and harassment policy.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate unanimously approved a total of $19,116.03 in funding for 11 student organizations during their Oct. 23 meeting, including $5,257 from the traditions fund for Stanford’s annual Mausoleum party.
ASSU President Robbie Zimbroff ‘12 and Vice President William Wagstaff ‘12 have appointed their executive cabinet and made headway on several ASSU programs.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate heard a two-hour series of opinions Tuesday from individuals involved with the debate on the Alternative Review Process (ARP), Stanford’s judicial procedure for cases involving sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and stalking. Except for the regular funding bills, which passed unanimously, the senators did not pass any new legislation or present a revised budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Ultimately, it seems that where the ARP is concerned, all sides are willing to throw their intellectual baggage out the window.
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.
It is our hope that students and administrators will recognize that the rights of these two groups are interdependent, and that the preponderance of the evidence standard is harmful to everyone.