First, the ARP does allow students the opportunity to challenge reviewers. Students are provided with the names of their case reviewers in advance of their hearing. If a student objects to the presence of particular reviewers on his or her panel, and can demonstrate good cause for removing those reviewers, substitutions will be made. Second, due process requires that a student charged with a violation of the Fundamental Standard or any other Stanford policy receive notice of the nature of the charge against him or her, and the opportunity to respond to the charge.
In response to recent criticism towards the handling of sexual assault cases, a task force comprised of students and faculty had been created in order to reevaluate the University’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault and to foster a safer and more respectful campus community.
Stand with Leah supporters met with University President John Hennessy on Thursday and left the discussion disappointed, citing the administrators’ position on how Leah Francis ’14’s case was handled and recent appointments to the new faculty-student committee tasked with studying the University’s disciplinary processes for reported cases.
Stanford has begun reexamining its policies for handling sexual assault cases in the wake of protests and calls for change by a sexual assault survivor earlier this month.