Betsy DeVos Rescinds Obama-Era Sexual Assault Policy

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has rescinded the Obama-era sexual assault policy according to the Hill.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has rescinded the Obama-era sexual assault policy according to the Hill .

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released interim guidance Friday on how colleges should handle sexual assaults on college campuses, the latest step in the Trump administration's controversial rollback of Obama-era guidelines, in an effort to better protect both victims and students who are accused. The agency withdrew a 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter that required schools to adopt a minimal standard of proof — the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard — when disciplining students and replaced a 2014 question-and-answer document on how schools should investigate and adjudicate cases of sexual misconduct.

"This decision shows the Trump Administration's utter disregard for survivors of sexual assault," said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) in a statement.

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