Big news today out of the Department of Education:
BREAKING: Education Secretary rescinds Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, puts interim rules in place.
â€” The Associated Press (@AP) September 22, 2017
BREAKING: Betsy DeVos has withdrawn the infamous Title IX "dear colleague letter." Will have article soon. https://t.co/0N2cvjrpMz
â€” Robby Soave (@robbysoave) September 22, 2017
More from the todayâ€™s letter from the Department of Education:
The 2011 and 2014 guidance documents may have been well-intentioned, but those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many studentsâ€”both accused students denied fair process and victims denied an adequate resolution of their complaints. The guidance has not succeeded in providing clarity for educational institutions or in leading institutions to guarantee educational opportunities on the equal basis that Title IX requires. Instead, schools face a confusing and counterproductive set of regulatory mandates, and the objective of regulatory compliance has displaced Title IXâ€™s goal of educational equity.
The Department imposed these regulatory burdens without affording notice and the opportunity for public comment. Under these circumstances, the Department has decided to withdraw the above referenced guidance documents in order to develop an approach to student sexual misconduct that responds to the concerns of stakeholders and that aligns with the purpose of Title IX to achieve fair access to educational benefits. The Department intends to implement such a policy through a rulemaking process that responds to public comment. The Department will not rely on the withdrawn documents in its enforcement of Title IX.
This is a huge step in the right direction.
â€” jon gabriel (@exjon) September 22, 2017
Colleges investigating & punishing on their own was a disgrace to due process & ruined lives. It's good they are gone. https://t.co/uiKbd301Cg
â€” Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) September 22, 2017
Will need to see the interim rules, but this is promising https://t.co/Uq0bS6Dbse
â€” Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) September 22, 2017
Naturally, the gals behind the Womenâ€™s March hate it:
Today, the Trump administration put the concerns of abusers over survivors. Again.
Trust survivors, always. https://t.co/9us5XuVKk5
â€” Women's March (@womensmarch) September 22, 2017
Thatâ€™s cute, ladies. But with all due respect, you can sit your asses down and zip it.
Says the group who was weeping over the deportation of a terrorist murderer yesterday.
â€” neontaster (@neontaster) September 22, 2017
These women have forfeited the right to be outraged at Betsy DeVos when theyâ€™re perfectly content to turn a terrorist who has actually killed people into some kind of living martyr.
I would trust Edward Joffee & Leon Kanner, but sadly, they're not "survivors."
â€” Elaine Batt (@elainebatt3) September 22, 2017