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Civil Rights Groups Sue Ed Sec DeVos over Campus Sexual Assault Guidance

MotherJones: “…SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and the Victim Rights Law Center—are seeking to reverse [see a copy of the suit filed in the Northern District of California] an Education Department decision in September to roll back Obama-era guidance on how colleges should handle campus sexual assault cases and replace it with new guidelines that provide more protections for accused students. In particular, DeVos’ policy allowed colleges to apply a higher standard of evidence to sexual assault victims’ claims than that used in virtually all civil rights litigation. The policy also gave universities the option to block accusers—but not accused students—from appealing a college’s decision in a sexual misconduct case. The move was cheered by critics of the Obama-era guidance, some of whom who argued that the old policies discriminated against men. In a speech at George Mason University in September, DeVos trumpeted that her new guidelines would promote “fundamental fairness.”  [h/t Pete Weiss]

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