DeVos revisiting campus sex assault guidelines

DeVos revisiting campus sex assault guidelines

DeVos revisiting campus sex assault guidelines

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos plans to change guidelines on how colleges like SIU deal with sexual assault.

We don't disagree with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos when she says that "Justice demands humility, wisdom and prudence" and "a serious pursuit of truth".

The idea that American universities have "gone too far to the other extreme" in policing sexual assault on campus has quickly become conventional wisdom.

She didn't detail how the rules will change but said her office will seek feedback from the public and universities to develop new rules.

At the offices of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Devos speech has created concern. In an email, they said they are advocating for students to be part of the process for selecting a commencement speaker.

DEVOS: One person denied due process is one too many.

DeVos later said the department has already begun the process to rollback the Obama-era Title IX guidance.

"As someone who spent half a century in higher education and as a retired university president and former dean, I understand first hand the very real issue of sexual violence on campuses".

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DEVOS: Through intimidation and coercion, the failed system has clearly pushed schools to overreach.

"That's a staggering statistic", said Janine D'Anniballe, director of trauma services for the Boulder organization Moving to End Sexual Assault. The administration's discourse surrounding sexual assault mainly underplays its severity and casts doubt upon its victims.

Hartle, whose group represents 1,800 college and university presidents, said he didn't think DeVos's speech indicates she's backing away from the issue.

"We live in a culture, a rape culture, and victims are blamed, harassed and not believed", said St. Peter.

Clark evidently has never heard of the concept that due process rights are the rights of the accused. I lost everything - my graduation, my reputation, all of which.

Critics say the rules allow campus officials with little legal experience to act as judges. DeVos also raised questions about whether schools are in over their heads and should outsource sexual misconduct cases to regional consortiums that would be off campus and made up of trained experts.

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that the Trump administration is "once again choosing politics over students, and students will pay the price". They were given $20 fines and essay assignments. "Tell this administration that we refuse to go backwards". They also say the standard of evidence required is too low. "They are acts of cowardice and personal weakness, often thinly disguised as strength and power", she said. They may not know those statistics, but deep down, they know.

In February, the Department of Education rolled back Obama-era guidelines that gave protections to transgender students in public schools who used and facilities that corresponded with their gender identity. When they don't satisfy the law, they're violating civil rights and they should be called to account. This essentially states that disciplinary action should be taken against the accused if the assault most likely occurred. Many experts are hoping for some tweaks in current rules.

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