DeVos to ditch Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault

While some expected DeVos to institute immediate changes to the guidelines, she did not, saying rather that the Department of Education would begin a period of review before overhauling them.
By Alex Bourque | Sep 11, 2017
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her intention Thursday to alter the way colleges and universities enforce Title IX the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education by changing their methods of dealing with sexual assault allegations on campus.

In a speech given at George Mason University, Devos said the Obama-era guidelines established in 2011 to help schools resolve complaints of sexual assault were confusing and led to "kangaroo courts" presided over by campus officials with no legal training, according to a report by ABC News.

"Instead of working with schools on behalf of students, the prior administration weaponized the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students," DeVos said.

While some expected DeVos to institute immediate changes to the guidelines, she did not, saying rather that the Department of Education would begin a period of review before overhauling them.

Opponents of the Obama guidelines, who believe they led to accused students being denied due process, welcomed the proposed changes. But supporters say scrapping them could set back years of progress in getting victims of campus sexual assault to come forward.

"It will discourage schools from taking steps to comply with the law just at the moment when they are finally working to get it right," said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, in a statement, as reported by ABC News.

About 30 protesters showed up outside the building where DeVos spoke, shouting chants of "Stop supporting rapists," and "Shame on you."

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