A majority of a Stanford University administrative board twice decided that a football player from their highly ranked team was guilty of sexually assaulting another student—and yet that football player is still on the team, the New York Times found, and will play in the Sun Bowl today.
The Times didn’t name the alleged assailant or his accuser (so don't look for him in the photo above!) in a story about the 2015 case, which they published yesterday to highlight the unusually high standard Stanford requires for punishing a student accused of sexual assault.
At many schools, a 3 out of 5 majority vote on a disciplinary board would be enough for the school to consider disciplinary actions against an accused rapist; at Stanford, at least 4 of the 5 administrators need to agree.
This year, that standard has only gotten higher—it now requires unanimous agreement from a three-member panel. Duke is the only other school on U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the country’s top 10 colleges to have a similar rule in place.
At Stanford, the sophomore woman who accused the Stanford footballer of rape has temporarily left the school to avoid him.
“I realized that I got into this school and deserved to get an education here,” the woman told the Times. “He was a valued football player, but I had earned my right to be here, too.”
This is hardly the first time in recent months that Stanford has been in the news for how it handles rape cases. Brock Turner, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster earlier this year, was an undergraduate Stanford student on its swim team.