It is not uncommon to attend protests on campus when a college is perceived as not being tough enough when it comes to protecting alleged victims and dealing properly with defendants.
If a student claims to have been sexually assaulted by another student on campus, should expulsion be the correct answer? Or should the accused be suspended pending further investigation?
Case by case
Some colleges take a harder line than others. In response to a growing number of allegations of sexual assault. Rule changes have been applied by a number of institutions.
Some colleges are now placing more emphasis on expulsion as a sanction. However, many of them have not fully committed to making expulsion mandatory.
The general approach seems to be to educate all students that penalties for responding to allegations of sexual assault can include expulsion. This is in line with other policies relating to drug and alcohol issues, for example.
What seems to be happening is that many colleges approach the problem by dealing with each incident on a case-by-case basis.
Differences in state laws also make the process of enforcing fair retribution and punishment extremely difficult for colleges. Whether a person is automatically banned from campus once an allegation is made against them. Some argue that this suggests that the accused is automatically guilty of the offense before he has had a chance to define his position.
It is a very difficult situation. No one seems to be able to agree that expulsion should be the default position.