Police officer BRAGS about denying due process to accused in sexual assault cases

Police officer BRAGS about denying due process to accused in sexual assault cases

Due process on college campuses has become passé, and even an impediment to justice — at least according to sexual assault activists. But police officers like Susan Riseling may be giving activists a leg up.

Riseling is the chief of police and associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recently told a conference audience that using the records from campus sexual assault hearings could be beneficial to police investigations.

“It’s Title IX, not Miranda,” Riseling said. “Use what you can.”

When a student is accused of sexual assault on a college campus, they’re often given vague descriptions of the charge against them — which may have occurred years earlier. …

They face a system that has been shifted against them, where an accusation is all that’s needed to brand them a rapist for life and kick them out of school. There is no due process in campus hearings — no rules of evidence, cross-examination or right to be represented by an attorney. They’re not even told that anything said in the hearing can and will be used against them in a court of law.

You may recognize that last sentence to be the Miranda warning given to people when they’re arrested. It’s been around since the 1960s, when a Supreme Court decision ruled that a suspect in custody must be made aware of their rights.

But no such rights exist on a college campus, allowing police officers like Riseling to use the information gathered by such means against accused students.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.