Candice Jackson, the education official interviewed for the article, told the New York Times that 90% of college sexual assault claims “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk, we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.”
These comments by Ms. Jackson come the day before Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to meet with people advocating on behalf of victims of college sexual assault and on behalf of those who have been accused of sexual assault.
In 2011, President Barack Obama issued a new set of guidelines that were meant to protect the rights of alleged victims of sexual assaults. Some claim Mr. Obama’s guidelines were unfair to the accused.
According to Politico, “Jackson’s comments are in line with the views of critics who say the Obama administration policy is unfair to the accused. The remarks are likely to fuel fear among advocates for survivors of sexual assault that the meetings on Thursday are a first step toward rescinding the 2011 guidance.”
Sec. Betsy DeVos now must weigh whether to keep the 2011 guidelines.