University of Minnesota Responds to Proposed Federal Sexual Assault, Harassment Rules

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill

If the rules are put into place, those accused of sexual assault will be given the ability to cross-examine alleged victims.

The rule would also limit university liability by requiring investigations for incidents occurring on school grounds or areas overseen by the institution, and would require equal opportunity for appeals.

According to the statement, the draft rule would require colleges and universities to respond to and investigate formal complaints of sexual harassment.

There's a tempting narrative here-"Trump administration changes law to hurt women"-that will undoubtedly fool many who are unfamiliar with the specifics of Obama-era Title IX abuse".

DeVos' proposed changes to how universities enforce Title IX-the federal law that bars sex-based discrimination in schools-come after she was widely condemned for scrapping less formal guidelines established under the Obama administration as well as for touting concerns about false allegations, which research shows are incredibly uncommon, after meeting with "men's rights" groups.

The rule proposal also gives the accused a right to cross-examination, something that EWU Scary Feminists Club President Kelli Beseler said would be "very emotionally damaging". "It seeks to produce more reliable outcomes, thereby encouraging more students to turn to their schools for support in the wake of sexual harassment and reducing the risk of improperly punishing students".

"The potential is there", she said.

Whaley said that though she believes it would be inappropriate for her office to make a public comment, she would be sending Gonzaga students a link to the public comment website. The proposal would adjust that rule, which now states an institution is liable if it has actual knowledge or should have had knowledge of the incident; the school would only be liable if it had actual knowledge. DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct.

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Here are the most significant ways DeVos's new rules would impact survivors of sexual assault and harassment on campus.

But supporters say the new rules do a better job providing equal treatment to all students.

Before the rules can be finalized, the Education Department will gather public input from the public.

"I don't think that providing meaningful due process for accused students and taking the claims of victims seriously - and adjudicating them fairly - are inconsistent, " said Samantha Harris, vice president for procedural advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties group in Philadelphia. "But having an advocate who can do so will go much further toward helping decision makers actually reach accurate results".

Currently, sexual harassment through guidance of Title IX is defined as "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature".

It narrows the criteria determining what constitutes sexual harassment and subsequently lowers the number of allegations a school must investigate under Title IX."The proposed regulation is grounded in core American principles of due process and the rule of law", reads a summary of the rule released by DOE.

Whaley said "clear and convincing evidence" would likely fall somewhere between preponderance of evidence and criminal standards of "beyond a reasonable doubt", but where on the spectrum she was not sure.

In the case of Gebser, the court determined that a school can be financially liable if a teacher sexually harasses a student.

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