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Betsy DeVos Proposes Changes to Campus Sexual Misconduct Policy — 5 Quotes, Reactions

1. “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, and narrowing the types of cases schools would be required to investigate. Under the plan, schools would be required to investigate complaints only if they occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school, and only if they were reported to certain campus officials with the authority to take action.”
-The Associated Press.

2. “It promotes an unfair process, inappropriately favoring the accused and letting schools ignore their responsibility under Title IX to respond promptly and fairly to complaints of sexual violence. We will continue to support survivors.”
-American Civil Liberties Union.

3. “When I read those tweets, there was a disturbance in the legal Force, as if the voices of generations of ACLU civil libertarians cried out in anguish and were suddenly silenced by wokeness. The old-school ACLU knew there was no contradiction between defending due process and ‘supporting survivors.’ Indeed, it was through healthy processes that we not only determined whether a person had been victimized, but also prevented the accused from becoming a ‘survivor’ of a profound injustice.”
-David French, National Review.

4. “Once a school knows about an allegation, it is required to take it seriously, the Education Department says. But the regulations themselves say that a case will merit punishment by the Department only if it is ‘clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances.’ This is all language that suggests the Department is working hard to brush off many cases of sexual misconduct. The rules — which are decidedly more formal than the Obama-era guidelines that DeVos rescinded a year ago — add protections for accused students. They place an emphasis on ‘presumption of innocence’ throughout the investigative process, and require written notice of the allegations.”
-The Cut.

5. ”I think that by affording students a fair process, it protects not only the due process rights of the accused, but also the integrity of the process as a whole.”
-Samantha Harris, Student, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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