How a Campus Might have Dealt with a Bully

A student who uses a Webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex encounters, then advertises them, should face consequences. That much most observers of the case at Rutgers University agree. What those consequences should be, and whether a campus judicial system is better suited to handle them than a court of law, remained a matter of some debate on Monday as a judge sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in prison on invasion-of-privacy and hate-crime charges.

Judicial systems on college campuses have drawn criticism for their handling of some kinds of cases, notably those involving sexual assault. Investigations and prosecutorial proceedings, some observers say, aren’t colleges’ strengths, nor should they be.

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