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Rescind "weaponized" use of sexual misconduct accusations

A draft of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's proposed changes would narrow a school's responsibility to respond to sexual misconduct under Title IX, a federal civil-rights law that prohibits gender discrimination in publicly funded schools. The proposals would also allow them to use a [stricter] standard of evidence and punish students for reports deemed false.

DeVos, who rescinded Obama-era guidance last year, has said these changes would make the process more fair to accused students and to schools. The leaked draft states that previous guidance lacked clarity about schools' responsibilities under Title IX, leading accused students to sue their schools and prompting survivors to file complaints to the Office of Civil Rights, which DeVos has said was "weaponized" by the Obama administration.

In 2011, the Obama administration issued guidance expanding schools' responsibility under Title IX, and schools adopted procedures and designated employees to handle cases of sexual violence.

Source: Seattle Times' Asia Fields on 2018 Trump Cabinet , Sep 29, 2018

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