Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to end Obama-era rules on sexual assault on college campuses

Posted at 7:59 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 14:39:20-04

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday she plans to change the way colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual violence.

She said she's confident that the way Title IX is doing a disservice to everyone involved with the way it is enforced.

"One rape is one too many. One assault is one too many," DeVos said.

The University of Kansas is fighting a Title IX lawsuit after a former KU rower said the university failed to protect her after a football player assaulted her.

Julie Donelon is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA).

"We're watching it carefully because we're concerned that it will impact survivors and whether or not they are willing to come forward," she said.

Donelon said she believes the current rules protect victims and force schools to combat sexual violence.

Opponents say it doesn't give students accused of sexual assaults due process.

"Survivors aren't well-served when they are re-traumatized with appeal after appeal because the failed system failed the accused. And no student should be forced to sue their way to due process." DeVos said.

Donelon said she is concerned changes would deter students from reporting sexual assaults.

"This is not a criminal hearing. It's a disciplinary hearing where they're looking at, is it more likely than not that the claims made by the accuser are true." Donelon said.

DeVos has not outlined how the rules may change.