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CPI investigation's findings heighten urgency of FERPA reform

(12/01/09 7:25pm)

Victims of sexual assault on campus often feel pressured to divert their cases away from the criminal justice system and into the secretive world of campus disciplinary bodies, frequently producing unsatisfying outcomes, according to a newly published study by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism consortium. The public often is surprised to learn that campus disciplinary boards -- made up of non-lawyer school employees and rarely bound by court-like rules of evidence or burdens of proof -- are adjudicating cases that would be felonies if handled by off-campus authorities.