Betsy DeVos Is Planning A Major Title IX Announcement This Week

Glen Mclaughlin
September 8, 2017

She says the department will seek public comment and university expertise to develop rules to replace the current policy. "The notion that a school must diminish due process rights to better serve the "victim" only creates more victims".

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Cornell changed its sexual misconduct policies in 2016, and these revised procedures recently won top marks for fairness.

However while DeVos said the guidelines will be rolled back, she did not announce any new policies that would immediately be put in place to help combat sexual assault on college and university campuses across the country. "Survivors, victims of a lack of due process and campus administrators have all told me that the current approach does a disservice to everyone involved".

Schools are legally required to respond to sex discrimination complaints under the federal civil rights law, which is enforced by the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.

The Obama administration reshaped how colleges handle complaints of sexual assault, setting new rules and starting hundreds of investigations into colleges accused of straying from them. Some of the consequences have been controversial across the political spectrum.

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On September 7, she announced changes to Obama-era Title IX guidance. "The federal government is demanding we be on top of the issue, but where they presume we're not doing a good job it's not helpful". "With the heavy hand of Washington tipping the balance of her scale, the sad reality is that Lady Justice is not blind on campuses today...", DeVos said. "We can not imagine a more cruel or misguided policy agenda than one that withdraws protections from vulnerable students - especially coming from the administration of a man who has been repeatedly accused of committing sexual violence himself". In July, the education secretary met with advocates for sexual assault victims and with advocates for accused students, including some who have been described as "men's rights" activists.

That may be true for some complainants at Cornell, whose alleged assailants are still fighting in court to reverse sanctions imposed for assaults that allegedly happened over a year ago - and in one case, two years ago. She added that, "Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously". When she conducted a survey of 250 fellow students to see if they knew the resources available to them under Title IX, only 2.1 percent knew the correct answers.

DeVos argued the previous system disadvantaged both survivors and students battling false allegations.

"The White House wants to empower rapists and weaken protections for survivors", the Women's March tweeted.

However, the Foundation for Individual Rights for Education, a nonpartisan group whose mission is "to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities" issued a statement supporting the address. "I think that Secretary DeVos spoke in a very measured, deliberate manner about the need for real protections for people accused in sexual assualt on campus, and spoke at the time time of the need to maintain an environment on campus that doesn't encourage it and stops sexual assualt dead in its tracks".

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