Betsy DeVos is getting stuff done:
Breaking: Betsy DeVos's sweeping overhaul of how colleges handle sex assault allegations will bolster the rights of the accused https://t.co/D6vcYUuv9y
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 14, 2018
More from the Washington Post:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment, giving new rights to the accused, including the ability to cross-examine their accusers, people familiar with the matter said.
The proposal is set for release before Thanksgiving, possibly this week, and replaces less formal guidance issued by the Obama administration in 2011. The new rules would reduce liability for universities, tighten the definition of sexual harassment, and allow schools to use a higher standard in evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault.
Last year, DeVos rescinded the 2011 Obama guidance, denouncing it as overly prescriptive and lacking due process for the accused. She promised to write a regulation to replace it.
In a 2017 speech, she offered several examples of students she said were wrongly accused of wrongdoing under the old rules. She also said the rules poorly served survivors who were forced through multiple appeals because the system had “failed the accused.”
“Schools have been compelled by Washington to enforce ambiguous and incredibly broad definitions of assault and harassment,” she said. “Institutions must be mindful of the rights of every student.”
Tech nerd and journalist Kara Swisher, for one, is having trouble processing this. So she’s just going with Betsy DeVos being evil:
A special place in, well, you know: Betsy DeVos set to bolster rights of accused in rewrite of sexual assault rules https://t.co/qnCRNFGWMZ
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) November 14, 2018
DeVos definitely deserves to got to hell for … believing in due process?
Due process is bad
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) November 14, 2018
Yes, due process is a horrible thing.
— Joel (@Jamisen) November 14, 2018
Ensuring due process is pure evil. https://t.co/j7iCJObu22
— RBe (@RBPundit) November 14, 2018
Freaking due process, such a scam ??????
— Mike Credelle (@mcredelle) November 14, 2018
Yeah, due process is a pain in the ass, huh? Damn those Constitutional rights!
— Carol Scott (@itzblue) November 14, 2018
That pesky Constitution ruins everything.
A special place in, well, you know, *restoring due process* https://t.co/qURrFCqb9R
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) November 14, 2018
I'm a big fan of yours Kara, but you're wrong here.
— Richard (@Richard36425843) November 14, 2018
"There's a special place in hell for those who bolster the rights of people accused of crimes," says local authoritarian. https://t.co/6uUaGLRiK6
— neontaster (@neontaster) November 14, 2018
Hey, due process is a pretty important cornerstone of American jurisprudence. Hats off and thumbs up to @BetsyDeVos for restoring it. Save the kangaroo courts for Australian outback, not US campuses.
— Bonny Wright? (@miamivandynyu) November 14, 2018
God forbid the accused have their rights bolstered. We should definitely just execute them as soon as the accusation is made! https://t.co/4l5J913jT2
— Some chick named Heather (@hboulware) November 14, 2018
So you're a no on due process….and a yes on getting ratio'd.
— Lawrence Mussio (@Novamoose) November 14, 2018
You sure you want to run with this take, Kara?
I wonder if Kara knows how many black men were lynched because of her mindset that the accused don't deserve due process. https://t.co/j7iCJObu22
— RBe (@RBPundit) November 14, 2018
Calm down fascist
— oh boy (@Welcome_2_Moes) November 14, 2018