Federal education officials said in September that college officials will have more discretion in handling SEXUAL-MISCONDUCT CASES under Title IX, including the standard of evidence that must be met. But Princeton’s policy will remain in place, including use of the preponderance-of-the-evidence (“more likely than not”) standard. 

“Our current policy and procedures, which apply to faculty, staff, and students, are carefully thought out and fair to all parties,” Michele Minter, vice provost for institutional equity and diversity, said in a statement.

Princeton revised its procedures in 2014 under pressure from the Obama administration as part of an agreement to resolve charges that the University had violated Title IX. New federal guidance “specifically indicates that such voluntary resolution agreements remain binding,” Minter said.