DeVos vows campus sex assault rules will be fair to all parties

first_imgATLANTA — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised Wednesday she will balance the rights of the accused and accusers as she rewrites rules governing how universities handle allegations of sexual assault on campus.A draft of those regulations bolsters the rights of the accused while reducing liability for universities.“What I know is this country was founded on some basic principles, and we are committed to following the constitutional principles of this country,” she said on a visit to the Georgia Institute of Technology. “We want to do what’s right and just and fair for all students.”DeVos declined to say whether she agrees with her boss, President Donald Trump, who said Tuesday that men are often falsely accused. The president declared it a “very scary time to be a young man in America.”“I’m a mom of daughters and sons,” the secretary said. “The framework for students needs to be fair and just for all parties.”She said her department would issue regulations “very soon” that would govern how schools handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment. In enhancing the rights of the accused, a draft of those regulations allows universities to insist on a higher standard of evidence in considering claims. It also narrows the circumstances in which universities must investigate claims.A year ago, DeVos rescinded Obama administration guidance that had given more weight to those alleging misconduct.last_img

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