Stanford Refuses to Expel Student in Sex Assault Case

June 13, 2014

Stanford University has declined to expel a student found by the institution to have committed a sexual assault, The Bay Area News Group reported. While the university will allow the student to complete his senior year and graduate, it will withhold his degree for two years and bar him from enrolling in a graduate program until 2016, which is a year longer than his original punishment. These are the results of an appeal by both the student accused and the women who brought the charges against him. The case has become a focal point at Stanford for students angry about what they see as weak punishments of those found guilty of sexual assault. Many students say that expulsion should be the default punishment in such cases. Stanford is considering changes in its system for handling sex assault charges.


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