By Valerie Bauerlein
Aug. 14, 2015 12:24 p.m. ET
A national prosecutors’ group is backing a congressional proposal that would upend the handling of campus sexual assault cases, saying universities need to consult police before adjudicating and punishing potentially criminal offenses.
The National District Attorneys Association said it supports the recently introduced Safe Campus Act, which would require police investigation of sexual assault claims before schools begin disciplinary proceedings against accused students. The mandatory-reporting requirement would be a sea change from the current practice, as schools commonly handle allegations of sexual assault independently.
“You have to take away the whole perception that academic institutions are on their own separate island,” said Michael Ramos, the association’s president-elect and district attorney of the County of San Bernardino, Calif.
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