Devos to Repeal School Sexual Assault Guidelines

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos said she will roll back Obama administration guidelines on school sexual assault.

In 2011, the Obama administration sent letters to colleges with guidelines on how to handle sexual assault allegations.

The guidelines were issued as part of a campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

However, critics say the guidelines took away the rights of the accused and weakened due process.

At a speech at George Mason University on Sept. 7, Devos said the Obama-era policy failed too many students.

She also said the previous administration “weaponized the office of civil rights.”

Supporters of the guidelines objected to the announcement, including former Vice-President Joe Biden who said on Facebook, “any change that weakens Title IX protections will be devastating.”

Devos said she will introduce a replacement policy that will better balance the rights of victims and the accused.