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Princeton Adopts ‘Preponderance’ Standard, Reaches Agreement with Department of Education - FIRE
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced last week that it has entered into a resolution agreement with Princeton University after finding that the institution was in violation of Title IX. OCR’s demands include the use of the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof in adjudicating sexual misconduct cases—meaning that students accused of sexual assault or harassment must be found guilty if the fact-finders determine it is more likely than not that he or she committed the violation. As FIRE has noted on The Torch before, until recently, Princeton was one of just a small number …