Illinois victims advocates have mixed feelings about DeVos’ changes to college sex assault investigations – Chicago Tribune

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Thursday promised dramatic changes in the way universities and colleges address sexual assaults on campus, saying the current policy must better balance the rights of the accusers and the accused.

DeVos did not unveil a specific plan in announcing her decision to replace an Obama era initiative, opting instead to launch a comment period in which students, parents, advocates and school administrators can make suggestions. She made clear, however, that any new policy must provide more protection for students accused of sexual violence.

While calling sexual misconduct “reprehensible, disgusting and unacceptable,” DeVos said the pendulum had swung too far in the accusers’ favor in recent years.

“I am grateful to those who endeavored to end sexual misconduct on campuses,” she said. “But good intentions alone are not enough. Justice demands humility, wisdom and prudence. It requires a serious pursuit of truth.”


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