Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault

Should more be done to protect the rights of the accused?


College campuses are embroiled in a fierce debate over how to handle sexual misconduct cases under Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools receiving federal funds. Under regulations proposed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, students accused of on-campus harassment or assault would have the right to be represented by a lawyer and to cross-examine the accuser in a judicial-like hearing. Some legal experts support the proposal, saying previous Title IX rules issued by the Obama administration did not do enough to protect the due process rights of the accused. But others say DeVos' approach would roll back Obama-era protections for victims and limit a school's responsibility to respond to campus sexual misconduct. Congress has joined the debate as it tries to ...

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