UK Updates Policy Dealing With Sexual Assault Claims

Posted at 5:32 AM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 05:32:48-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto says changes have been finalized to campus regulations dealing with the disciplinary process for allegations that include sexual assault.

In an email sent Monday to the campus community, Capilouto said changes are the result of "concerns and suggestions" from people on campus. He said the goal in implementing the policy is to be fair, as well as "clear and consistent" in applying it.

Capilouto says a hearing panel must be unanimous in determining that the policy has been violated. The finding can be appealed, but a finding of "not responsible" cannot be appealed.

He says both sides in a sexual assault claim have the right to an attorney during an investigation and any disciplinary hearing. Capilouto says a "preponderance of evidence" will continue to be the standard used to determine whether the policy was violated.