DeVos Pulls Obama Era Rules

Sep 23, 2017

Education Secretary DeVos ended the Obama administration’s campus sexual misconduct policies. The new guidance emphasizes that colleges must “combat sexual misconduct on campus, the process must be ‘fair and impartial,’ and inspiring ‘confidence in its outcomes.’” The secretary’s statement said, “The withdrawn documents ignored notice and comment requirements, created a system that lacked basic elements of due process and failed to ensure fundamental fairness.” “…[T]he era of rule by letter is over. The Department of Education will follow the proper legal procedures to craft a new Title IX regulation that better serves student sand schools.” The department plans to receive public comments “from stakeholders and members of the public” in preparation for new rules. Under Obama era rules, students who were accused of sexual assault were denied due process rights. Obama officials “threatened to cut funding to colleges and universities who did not implement the guidance” for sexual assault cases.