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Stanford Slams New York Times Article As Having 'Many Inaccuracies'


Stanford University has issued a statement in response to an article by the New York Times about a sexual assault case filed by one of its students. The school slammed the post as having "many inaccuracies."

On Dec. 29, the New York Times posted an article entitled "A Majority Agreed She Was Raped by a Stanford Football Player. That Wasn't Enough." The publication delved into a case of a sophomore student at the university who was sexually assaulted by a member of the football team at a fraternity party.

The student turned to the school's in-house disciplinary board to file a report. In two instances, three out of five panelists, who were a mix of administrators, faculty members and students, concluded that the man was guilty. However, the athlete was not kicked out of the football team and was even allowed to play at a bowl game.

While the majority's decision would have been enough in other institutions, Stanford actually requires at least a 4-1 decision. The school has been slammed for its leniency over handling Title IX cases such as Brock Turner's as well as for Mr. X.

The accused is still enrolled at the university. He was also still part of the team who played against North Carolina in the Sun Bowl.

In a statement on its official website, Stanford has expressed that it ensures that its students are treated "fairly and equitably" on campus as well as through the process of dealing with sexual assault. The institution has also slammed the New York Times' story as providing "an incomplete assessment" of its efforts as well as containing "many inaccuracies."

The school admitted that it holds its students accountable. Moreover, it has worked to refine and strengthen its judicial process for these types of cases since 2010 by consulting with faculty and students. Stanford also debunked the implication that student athletes receive special treatment at the school.

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