Betsy DeVos Plans to Overhaul Title IX, Focus on Due Process for Accusers and the Accused

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Reason.com—The Education Department is drafting a new approach to campus sexual misconduct adjudication. It will permit colleges to adopt higher evidentiary standards in hearings, mandate cross-examination of relevant parties in a dispute, and stress that all students are considered innocent until proven guilty, an official with knowledge of the proposal has confirmed to Reason. If adopted as formal policy, these measures would go a long way toward fixing the due process deficiencies that plagued the Obama...

Betsy DeVos appears poised to improve Title IX guidelines. After a year of deliberation, the Education Department is poised to release new guidelines governing investigations of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the chaos-inducing Obama-era guidelines last September and set out to reform the rules to establish some semblance of due process protections for the accused. Her department appears to be taking a big step in the right direction.