// 10/1/17 //
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded two sets of guidelines on campus sexual assault and removed an Obama administration requirement that a low standard of proof (“preponderance of the evidence”) be applied in determining whether a student was responsible for sexual assault (NYT, The Hill).
- Such a change will make it more difficult for survivors of sexual assault, and particularly LGBTQ survivors, to receive justice, Nick Morrow argues at Human Rights Campaign.
- The preponderance of the evidence standard and affirmative consent requirement must be defended, argues Sherry F. Colb at Verdict.
- By rescinding the “Dear Colleague” letter, the DOE is signaling that campus assault is not a serious problem, writes Sherry F. Colb.