Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos managed to piss off Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she revised Title IX guidance to restore due process, so sexual assault cases on campus would be handled by the police and not tried in kangaroo courts set up by the school’s Gender Studies department. “She ‘loves’ students so much, she changed rules to make campus sexual assault victims more vulnerable,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.

Those Trump-era revisions seem to be the latest thing the Biden administration is set to reverse. The Associated Press is reporting that the Biden administration is proposing a “dramatic overhaul” of campus sexual assault rules that will better protect LBTGQ students.

The AP reports:

As a presidential candidate, Biden had promised a quick end to DeVos’ rules, saying they would “shame and silence survivors.”

In announcing its proposal, Biden’s Education Department said DeVos’ rules “weakened protections for survivors of sexual assault and diminished the promise of an education free from discrimination.”

For the first time, the rules would formally protect LGBTQ students under Title IX. Nothing in the 1972 law explicitly addresses the topic, but the new proposal would clarify that the law applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

It would make clear that “preventing someone from participating in school programs and activities consistent with their gender identity would cause harm in violation of Title IX,” according to the department. More specific rules dealing with the rights of transgender students in school sports will be released later, the department said.

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