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How to punish campus sexual assault

How to punish campus sexual assault

Everyone would agree that killing someone is worse than punching someone. And everyone would also agree that killing should be punished more harshly than punching. This is not controversial. Yet this common-sense principle of proportionality is ignored every day on college campuses nationwide.

In recent years, colleges have become heavily involved in the business of resolving sexual assault cases. They used to leave it to the police: If a man on campus raped a woman on campus, that was an issue for the cops, not the school.

Granted, this system was far from perfect. If a crime took place but the police couldn't make a case, a woman would have...