DeVos Wrong on Sexual AssaultSeptember 14, 2017 |
by Diane L. Rosenfeld
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week announced a retreat from the Education Department’s work to protect students from sexual assault. While demonstrating that she has given serious thought to the issue, DeVos’s position is based on two fundamental flaws. As a result, she is poised to abandon laudable work done in the previous administration to help schools reduce the incidence of campus rape.
The first problem with DeVos’s analysis is that it confuses a school’s obligation to protect the civil rights of its students under Title IX with a defendant’s rights in the criminal-justice system.