On Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos rescinded guidelines created by the Obama Administration that called for colleges and universities to aggressively investigate campus sexual assaults.
Many women’s rights groups are concerned that they might lose protections or face intimidation to remain silent, but critics argue that the change could lead to a process that addresses the rights of the accusers.
The department decided to make a change because of criticism that it placed too much pressure on school administrators, favored alleged victims, and lacked due process for people who had been accused of sexual assault.
Candice Jackson, the department’s acting assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a letter Friday, “Those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many students – both accused students denied fair process and victims denied an adequate resolution of their complaints.”
The change will also allow schools to facilitate an informal resolution in which both parties are heard.
The previous guidance required schools to decide within 60 days, which critics say placed way too much pressure on school administrators.
The guidelines still require, although, each school to have a coordinator and to report all incidents of sexual assault as required by the Clery Act. The new guidance will also give schools added flexibility for the standard of evidence used to investigate these cases.
For a recap of the new guidance, check out the following video…
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