The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, aka the FratPAC, plans to lobby Congress this April for changes that will make college sexual assault cases even more difficult to report: The group wants the criminal justice system to resolve cases before universities look into them. Why? Because they seriously believe that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly.
As of right now, the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to investigate complaints and deal with students who are found responsible of sexual assault. University disciplinary boards have the right to suspend and expel students and can do so far more quickly than courts can. In order to sanction a student, allegations must be found more likely than not to be true.
On top of stealing a moniker from Sammy Davis Jr. and Molly Ringwald, FratPAC is also guilty of fighting against anti-hazing and sexual assault legislation in the past. The ten-year-old FratPAC—which has raised about $2.1 million in donations for congressional candidates—also plans to ask Congress to block colleges from suspending all fraternities on a college campus due to incidents that occur in a single house. The group will also lobby for a rule against any mandate for Greek life to go co-ed. These efforts come directly after many colleges shut down fraternity chapters or required them to admit women in light of sexual assault allegations.
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