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Megan McArdle

Campus Rapes and Kangaroo Courts

Colleges aren't equipped to weigh punishments for rape cases with the seriousness they deserve.
Don't forget due process.

Don't forget due process.

Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

I was disturbed by something that one of Andrew Sullivan’s commenters wrote to him about the increasing trend toward using campus disciplinary systems as a substitute for rape trials.

Now, this is just one reader of a popular blog.  But I’ve heard some version of this argument over and over in discussing campus rape prosecutions: “not a big deal, because this is not the government depriving you of your liberty, it’s just a help for victims to get away from their rapists, and nothing really bad happens to the boys.