Today, Education Secretary #BetsyDeVos announced that her department has rescinded the Obama-era Title IX federal law. The Education Department sought to create a new standard for those who have been accused of rape or sexual misconduct since the accused, who are mostly men, complained that juries in sexual misconduct cases tend to be biased in favor of their female accusers.
DeVos also issued temporary rules where colleges and universities will be permitted to raise their evidence requirements to a “clear and convincing standard” of proof whereas the Obama administration demanded that schools adopt a lower “preponderance of evidence” standard.
“This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly,” DeVos said in a release. “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head-on. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes.”
For now, schools can choose whichever standard they choose to, however the Education Department is currently working on the issuance of a permanent set of rules.
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