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.
BREAKING: The Biden administration has proposed an overhaul of campus sexual assault rules, acting to expand protections for LGBTQ students, bolster the rights of victims and widen colleges’ responsibilities in addressing sexual misconduct. https://t.co/hIKkol3INo
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2022
Announced on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the proposal would replace a set of controversial rules issued under former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. It’s expected to spark new legal battles over the rights of transgender students in schools. https://t.co/OPr5IPBMz6
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2022
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.
which is all code for authoritarian actions and the denial of due process.
— opinionschminion (@matrigga) June 23, 2022
Guilty until proven innocent!
— FactrFacts (@FactrF) June 23, 2022
If I’m reading this right, basically is someone says they were assaulted, the accused has essentially no recourse to defend themselves if the accusations aren’t true?
— David Sanders (@Sandersd84) June 23, 2022
I have an issue with the “bolster the rights of victims” bit as that essentially translates to “believe the accuser without looking at any evidence or giving the accused any rights to a fair hearing.”
— Lief Albaugh (@LiefAlbaugh) June 23, 2022
It’s not just Republicans who have raised due process concerns regarding assault and harassment complaints.
For example, the ACLU supported the requirement (not just an option) for a live hearing, which these changes would eliminate.
— John Toogood (@toog416) June 23, 2022
If it’s a crime, report it to the police. If not, STFU.
— Trust No One (@urgetothrill) June 23, 2022
Is misgendering a crime?
Among other things Biden’s new Title IX rule — which applies to all public schools and most universities — says that using the wrong gender pronouns is sexual harassment. Wokeism will be mandatory, unless you want to be expelled. pic.twitter.com/0bbQ8v4xLa
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) June 23, 2022
So more censorship
— Lauren Masters 🕯🇺🇸 (@SarahKWilliam) June 23, 2022
“YOU! WILL! USE! THE! CORRECT! PRONOUNS!” pic.twitter.com/CA9CPaRs8N
— Richards (@ReedRichards04) June 23, 2022
So now using the accurate pronouns can be called sexual assault. That’s some bullshit and against the constitution
— Jordon Jindra (@hover389) June 23, 2022
Complete made up problem. What a pandering joke this admin is. Not an ounce of substance to anything they do.
— Whitey (@Fraudcii) June 23, 2022
Imagine: Court reverses student’s suspension for sexual misconduct, cites total absence of due process https://t.co/lBwJaz4oMj
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 11, 2018