Campuses Strive for Compliance and Fairness in Policies on Sexual Assault

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Arne Duncan, secretary of education, looks on as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pauses at the U. of New Hampshire while discussing the Education Department's new guidelines for colleges on dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Arne Duncan, secretary of education, looks on as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pauses at the U. of New Hampshire while discussing the Education Department's new guidelines for colleges on dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct.

For a new edict repeating old rules, the U.S. Education Department's "Dear Colleague" letter on sexual violence has caused quite a stir. Two months after it went out, several colleges have already announced new policies or plans for revision.

Things happen fast when the vice president of the United States heralds guidelines at a news conference. "Rape is rape is rape," Joseph R. Biden Jr. said at the