More than 800 students call for civil standard of proof to be applied in disciplinary cases

The University of Cambridge is considering lowering the standard of proof in disciplinary cases under pressure from students after it admitted it has a significant problem with sexual misconduct.

More than 800 students wrote an open letter to the institution’s vice-chancellor demanding the change in policy, saying the criminal standard currently required, which calls for allegations to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, was putting some people off coming forward.

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