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Sex Assault Rules Under DeVos Bolster Defendants’ Rights and Ease College Liability

November 19, 2018

A highly anticipated overhaul of the rules governing campus sexual assault, reducing the liability of colleges and universities for investigating sexual misconduct claims and bolstering the due process rights of defendants, including the right to cross-examine their accusers, was released Friday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The rules would be the first regulations to govern how schools should meet their legal obligations under Title IX, the 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funding. The regulations will now face a 60-day public comment period before they are final.

The regulations establish a narrower definition of sexual harassment, tighten reporting requirements, relieve colleges of the responsibility to investigate off-campus episodes, and outlined steps schools should take to provide support for accusers. They also give schools the flexibility to choose a higher evidentiary standard, establish an appeals process, and offer the option of cross-examination.

Below is a round-up of news stories from across the country on the new regulations:

Sex Assault Rules Under DeVos Bolster Defendants’ Rights and Ease College Liability
The New York Times

What You Need to Know About the Proposed Title IX Regulations
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sharp Divide Over Trump Administration's Title IX Overhaul
Inside Higher Ed

DeVos Wants to Change Campus Rules on Sexual Misconduct
The Washington Post

 Betsy Devos Releases Sexual Assault Rules She Hails as Balancing Rights of Victims, Accused
The Washington Post

New Rules for Sexual-Assault Cases Boost Protections for Accused Students
The Wall Street Journal

Betsy DeVos’s Sexual-Assault Rules Would Let the Accused Cross-Examine Accusers
The Atlantic

“This Will Make Schools Less Safe”: Why Betsy DeVos’s Sexual Assault Rules Have Advocates Worried

The Biggest Sticking Point in DeVos’ Title IX Rules

DeVos Announces New Rules On Campus Sexual Assault; New Bill Tries To Simplify Financial Aid

Proposed Title IX Regulations Prompts New Concerns
Diverse Issues

DeVos Keeps Her Promise on Campus Due Process - Opinion
The Wall Street Journal


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