Major pushback for new US campus sex assault plan

Major pushback for new US campus sex assault plan

According to federal guidelines, hearings on campus must be held by US universities where sexual assault claims are made. Both the alleged victims and attackers can be cross-examined. The new set of US Department of Education rules enforces this change. The agency said the rules will ensure fairness to accusers and accused.

However, critics are saying that the alleged victims will be discouraged from reporting the attacks. The new policy is issued on Wednesday after an 18-month, limits what complaints private and public universities are obliged to investigate and raises the burden for holding a school liable for sexual assault. The universities have until August to comply with the rules.

The new rules are marked a shift for addressing how universities enforce Title IX, the federal law barring discrimination in education based on gender. The previous administration had sought to expand university responsibility for sexual misconduct on campuses under Title IX. Under this administration, the educational institutes are required to provide a live hearing and allow advisers to cross-question parties and witnesses involved – a practice discouraged by the previous administration.

In announcing the policy, Betsey DeVos, the education secretary, said: “Too many students have lost access to their education because their school inadequately responded when a student filed a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual assault.” She added, “This new regulation requires schools to act in meaningful ways to support survivors of sexual misconduct, without sacrificing important safeguards to ensure a fair and transparent process.”

Ms DeVos proposed some initial rules that limit schools’ liabilities and apply the requirement for hearings to secondary school pupils. However, after dissent from victims’ groups, those rules were scrapped. However, advocacy groups said the final policy cut back on victims’ rights. Fatima Graves of the National Women’s Law Center told the New York Times that “if this rule goes into effect, survivors will be denied their civil rights and will get the message loud and clear that there is no point in reporting assault.”

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Retired Chicago priest accused of child sex assault in 1974
George Clements, Retired Chicago priest father, faces the charges of sexually assaulting a child in
R. Kelly’s lawyers file a motion to dismiss the sex assault lawsuit
R & B star R. Kelly lawyers have asked a Cook County judge to throw
Brother and Sister stabbed in a home invasion and sex assault
It is reported that brother and sister who were in their teens were stabbed. The
Biden chooses diplomat Burns as CIA director
William Burns, a veteran diplomat, has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden as CIA director.
US experts call Moderna safe for COVID treatment
Moderna, a COVID-19 vaccine, is set to gain emergency authorization soon. The US regulators said
Hackers attack US treasury and commerce departments
The US federal departments have been hacked in a way to obtain access to government
Oklahoma governor urges Major Disaster Declaration from federal government for ice damages
Kevin Stitt, the governor of Oklahoma, requested a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government
Flooding and torrential rains in North Carolina, several dead
North Carolina has been hit hard by flooding and heavy rains. Six people have died
CDC approves North Dakota’s decision to permit COVID positive healthcare workers to assist patients
The hospitals in North Dakota are becoming overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. The situation has pushed
Obama Invited Trump to White House; Trump Hasn’t Done the Same for His Successor
Four years ago on this day, on November 10, 2016, then-President Barack Obama invited President-elect,