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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Announces Intentions to Roll Back Title IX

In September 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department’s intent to create a new Title IX rule process and criticized the Dear Colleague letter, which is a clear move backward by the Department on policy and demonstrates a failure to stand up for victims.  CCASA stands with survivors and is working with national partners to continue to advocate for full enforcement of the Dear Colleague letter, as well as exploring options for putting protections for victims into place at the state level. Responses to campus sexual assault must support survivors, uphold current available protections, and improve prevention.

Links

Our press release in response to DeVos’ annoucements

Our invitation to meet with DeVos during her “Rethink School” tour

Talking Points

  • Responses to campus sexual assault must support survivors, uphold current available protections, and improve prevention.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. Yet, fewer than 10% of sexual assault victims on college campuses report the assault. Any changes in current protections that would make it more difficult for survivors to report or to be believed will have a chilling impact on already low reporting rates
  • The Department of Education’s Title IX sexual assault guidance and the Clery Act with Campus SaVE amendments are critically important tools for addressing campus sexual harassment and assault.
  • Title IX and the Clery Act are effective tools to support survivors, increase institutional transparency, hold individual offenders accountable and improve community safety.
  • All institutions of higher education need to maintain campus processes with standards befitting a non-criminal, internal proceeding to respond to sexual misconduct.
  • Campus disciplinary proceedings should use a standard of evidence no higher than preponderance of the evidence.

Resources

Do you know the difference between a Title IX hearing for sexual misconduct versus a criminal trial for sexual assault? Check out this helpful infographic, developed in partnership with the Denver SAIC Title IX Working Group, for details: