John Clune, an attorney who represents victims of sex crimes at colleges, spoke in favor of the bill. He discussed his experience with representing victims in hearings-based, investigatory models at colleges and universities. He emphasized the need to make the process equal and not so hostile. He discussed preponderance of the evidence versus clear and convincing evidence. Mr. Clune also noted the small percentage of rape cases tried in the criminal justice system.
The committee asked questions about the process of reporting an incident and what happens thereafter, transfer students, and removing those from campus who have the potential to re-offend. Further discussion was had regarding cultural change, the differences between panel and investigator models, hearsay evidence, cross examinations, sexual history, and the role of the university in the adjudication process.