Right and Left React to Betsy DeVos’s Changes to Campus Sex Assault Rules

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos discussed the proposed new rules on the handling of campus sexual assault cases last week. CreditJacquelyn Martin/Associated Press“Our campuses are not exempt from the Constitution. There is no excuse for government-mandated kangaroo courts in any part of American life, especially in America’s institutions of higher learning.”

Mr. French believes that critics of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s plan to reform Title IX procedures for cases of sexual assault on college campuses “believe and propagate a pile of junk science seasoned with a heaping helping of far-left ideology.” He questions the statistics most often cited by “true campus ideologue” activists that “come unglued at the mere mention of ‘due process.’”

“If today’s activists think due process is so terrible, what would stop them from working to remove it from our courts?”

Ms. DeVos hopes to establish a firmer definition of sexual assault, which Ms. Schow hopes will stop the trend “creating victims out of students who aren’t actually victims.” Due process can never be an impediment to justice, Ms. Schow writes, and “removal of due process” might have impact beyond college campuses.

“In a few cases, the accused may actually be guilty — but gets off because his rights were violated by his school. Why even have schools get involved in criminal matters in the first place?”

Ms. Markowicz defends the reforms to Title IX introduced by Ms. Devos by condemning the “utterly unfair procedures” common under the Obama-era system. Under the previous system, she writes, “‘defendants’ don’t get lawyers. Due process, of the sort we’re used to in real courts, is tossed by the wayside.” She concludes her column by noting that “we wouldn’t allow women to be treated this way.” Read more »

Quoting Ms. Graves in the Guardian”The sexually accused are overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly white (57 percent, according to RAINN)”1)…

According to Ms. Graves, it all comes down to the fact that Ms. DeVos “is simply defending the people she and her boss have always been most interested in defending,” white men “who’d grown used to having the world at their feet.”

“The proof will be in the details of what the Trump administration produces. Still, you don’t have to be a DeVos-like conservative to have serious qualms about the existing approach — and to bristle at the dismissal of such concerns.”

“There is every reason not to trust” Ms. DeVos and the Trump administration when it comes to policing sexual assault on college campuses, writes Ms. Marcus. However, she still finds herself praising — “albeit tentatively and preliminarily” — the education secretary’s attempt to address the “seriously flawed” way in which colleges handled assault investigations, an “overcorrection” in response to the Obama administration’s attempts to get colleges to “take sexual-assault allegations seriously.”