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Betsy DeVos moves to demolish Title IX

https://www.salon.com/2018/11/16/betsy-devos-moves-to-demolish-title-ix-silence-sexual-abuse-victims...

 

Betsy DeVos moves to demolish Title IX, silence sexual abuse victims

 

Proposed new federal rules on Title IX make reporting sexual abuse harder — and getting away with it much easier

 

arly Friday morning, NBC News reported that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — who is used to living in high luxury as a member of a billionaire family that owns a basketball team— has been using taxpayer money to command a security detail reminiscent of what a tinpot dictator like Muammar Gadhafi liked to flaunt. An estimated $20 million of your money and mine has been spent on her round-the-clock security detail, far surpassing the $3.5 million price tag for former EPA head Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration's most infamous taxpayer leech.

 

DeVos clearly likes feeling safe and secure and expects the taxpayer to spare no expense for her protection. But when it comes to the millions of girls in public schools and women in U.S. colleges and universities, she is not so considerate. On the contrary, the Department of Education proposed on Friday to massively roll back federal rules to protect students from sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape. The move suggests that the security-ensconced DeVos takes a more fend-for-yourself attitude about the safety of girls and young women in the education system.

 

DeVos was appointed to her office by Donald Trump, a man caught on tape gleefully bragging about how he prefers to "just start kissing" women and will "grab them by the **bleep**," noting that consent was unnecessary: "When you’re a star, they let you do it."

 

 

"I do think that their goal here is to ensure that [abuse] survivors don’t report," said Jess Davidson of End Rape on Campus, of the newly proposed rules. “This is going to significantly reduce the amount of investigations that schools open.”

 

The proposed rules appear to be focused mostly on throwing up obstacles to reporting, and making victims wonder if it's worth their while to ask for help. The definition of what constitutes sexual harassment will be significantly narrowed, and the number of people to whom a student can report such claims will be drastically limited, forcing victims to work up the nerve to talk to strangers in official positions rather than trusted professors or student leaders. The level of evidence required to discipline an offender will be similar to what is needed to convict someone in a criminal trial, rather than the current standard, which is modeled on civil liability court.

 

 

In addition, a student who is raped by another student while off campus will have no recourse with the school, a limit that Davidson flagged as especially ridiculous.

 

“Most sexual assaults do not happen at the library," she said. "They happen at the bar or an off-campus party.”

 

If an accuser manages to get over these new hurdles, the proposed regulations seem designed to make the investigation process far more punishing for her. Schools must allow an alleged assailant to personally cross-examine his accuser, setting up a situation where he could potentially re-traumatize and bully her before an audience.

 

If the accuser seeks relief from contact with her alleged abuser during this process, the proposed rules say that relief cannot "burden" the accused. Supposedly there will be mutual responsibility for maintaining a no-contact order, but in practice, this is likely to mean the alleged victim will be forced to move or change her class schedules in order to stay away from the accused.

 

 

Notably, these rule changes are focused only on sexual misconduct allegations. Students who have complaints about another student stealing from them or assaulting them in a non-sexual manner will encounter no differences in the way such cases are reported or handled.

 

Most of the focus on these proposed rule changes has concerned college students, but it's worth noting that Title IX regulations on sexual harassment and abuse are also meant to cover students in public schools. The September hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in which he was publicly accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford when both of them were high school students, helped draw national attention to the fact that these problems aren't limited to adults.

 

Unfortunately, the same administration that pushed Kavanaugh's nomination through the Senate is also in charge of determining what rights girls and women who find themselves in Blasey Ford's situation should have.

 

During the early stages of drafting these rules, DeVos leaned heavily on the advice of "men's rights" groups that exist primarily to stoke fear of women's equality and to promote the idea that false accusations are common, which they aren't. False reports of rape, for instance, only constitute 2 to 8 percent of reports overall. The percentage of false accusations is even smaller, as most women who make false reports tend to invent lurid stories about stranger rape rather than accus....

 

At least one of the groups that advised DeVos during this process has been flagged by the Southern Poverty Law Center as promoting misogyny and male supremacy.

 

 

As the debate has dragged on about the rights of student victims, critics of the Title IX law — which requires schools to offer environments free of sexual abuse — have frequently suggested that schools should stay out of this issue entirely and leave such matters to the police. In theory that may sound like a reasonable solution, but Davidson offered some important objections.

 

“The police cannot change somebody’s class schedule. They cannot change somebody’s dorm accommodation," she said, noting that it often takes months or years to adjudicate a rape case through the criminal justice system. In the meantime, she noted, "most students just do not want to sit in math class with the person that sexually assaulted them."

 

This objection also doesn't take into consideration how much Title IX enforcement is about sexual harassment, which often doesn't rise to the level of a criminal offense but can make it impossible for the victim to attend classes and finish schoolwork in a safe and equal fashion.

 

This past year has witnessed the rise of the #MeToo movement, which has highlighted the various ways that women are routinely harassed and assaulted in the work environment. The limits DeVos wishes to impose on schools would make it impossible for many of the women in these stories to get justice. Many abusers, for instance, don't harass colleagues in the office environment, but in an informal social situation or by pestering them at home. But many such men were fired or otherwise penalized, because common sense tells us that this off-hours abuse still affects the work environment. Students at school deserve the same consideration.

 

“The system is not built for survivors. It is not built for marginalized people. It is built to protect powerful white men," Davidson said, adding that DeVos' new proposal "is yet another clear example of that."

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It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...

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@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?

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@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?


Yes. Exactly what I wrote on page 2 of the thread.

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@ManicProgressive wrote:

@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?


Yes. Exactly what I wrote on page 2 of the thread.


O.K. what has she proposed that would harm grammer school and high school kids?

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@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?


Yes. Exactly what I wrote on page 2 of the thread.


O.K. what has she proposed that would harm grammer school and high school kids?


I wrote it in the prior post. I will not repeat it just because you cannot or refuse to understand it. 

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@ManicProgressive wrote:

@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?


Yes. Exactly what I wrote on page 2 of the thread.


O.K. what has she proposed that would harm grammer school and high school kids?


I wrote it in the prior post. I will not repeat it just because you cannot or refuse to understand it. 


Yes, you said that it was not just college kids that were harassed. But neither you nor anyone else has yet pointed out what proposals of DeVos' were problematic.

 

It seems like the objection is to Ms. DeVos herself, not any proposed changes. Some just hate rich people - and demonstrate it on a daily basis.

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@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?


Yes. Exactly what I wrote on page 2 of the thread.


O.K. what has she proposed that would harm grammer school and high school kids?


I wrote it in the prior post. I will not repeat it just because you cannot or refuse to understand it. 


Yes, you said that it was not just college kids that were harassed. But neither you nor anyone else has yet pointed out what proposals of DeVos' were problematic.

 

It seems like the objection is to Ms. DeVos herself, not any proposed changes. Some just hate rich people - and demonstrate it on a daily basis.


You apparently don’t read full responses.

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@ManicProgressive wrote:


You apparently don’t read full responses.

 

Why are you so opposed to discussing the problems you see in the DeVos proposed changes?


 

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@rk9152 wrote:

@ManicProgressive wrote:

It’s not just colleges.  It’s k-12 too. 

 

It’s not just college students being harassed or assaulted by other students.

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2018/11/19/four-things-betsy-devos...


Do you have any specific objection to the DeVos proposed changes?


Yes - DeVos' ideas and proposals are wrong, evil, stupid, counter-productive and bad for the future of the Nation.

DeVos belongs under the prison instead of in it - and will surely burn in hell forever.

Of course idiot trump, republicans, conservatives, and trump supporters everywhere - being what they are - will approve of her ideas and proposals.

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This isn’t just about college. And it’s not just about students. It applies to elementary and secondary schools too. It applies to faculty and staff.  If the high school science teacher sexually harasses your teenage daughter, he can do it with impunity now, unless the “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity.” Who’s going to decide what’s pervasive? He can only grab her **** once? Or twice?  How many times before it’s considered pervasive?  

 

And if if she is brave enough to lodge a complaint, she’s going to have to go through a whole lot more to prove it happened, in order to get reasonable protection on school grounds.  Good luck trying to get her moved out of his class.

 

 

 

 

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Oh my, do you think all the money we are paying for her security may also be KEEPING HER FROM BEING ATTACKED AND **********RAPED? **********

I really hate to say it, but it would serve them right if it was a female IN THEIR FAMILY who gets raped, then they would know exactly how it feels. She doesn't gives a rats a ************* about these girls and I sure hope come election day ALL WOMEN remember this and they vote Dem. again.

But you have to remember the P******************** Grabber appointed her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Sorry traveler, you missed or ignored the point entirely.    College educated women know what they survived and want it to end.    Perhaps some missed the entire point of the Woman's March.   

   You must have also missed the part where colleges were given permission by DeVos to narrowed their focus - only on campus - so women must go the police and ER's.     Perhaps you believe that that is no big deal.   Ask anyone who is  / or has worked in the field who deal with rape victims if they are hesitant to report and why.   

     It sounds like "blame the women for provocative dressing"  - that is misogynistic, regardless of political ideology.

    

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 ".... You must have also missed the part where colleges were given permission by DeVos to narrowed their focus - only on campus - so women must go the police and ER's.     Perhaps you believe that that is no big deal.   Ask anyone who is  / or has worked in the field who deal with rape victims if they are hesitant to report and why.....".  

 

I believe you missed the point. College campuses don't need 'permission' from DeVos or Dept of Education. It's a local matter. They handle it. If a college is concerned, they can set up their own department to handle these situations. High schools have counselors that deal with many problems. If it's beyond them, they bring in help (such as grief counselors after major incidents).

  We'll agree to disagree. I simply believe any institution can set up their own devices to handle an issue. No fed interference, or 'permission' is needed.

  When the students decide it's not enough, they will respond by leaving or choosing other institutions that tout their ability to handle sexual misconduct. Institutions always have the ability to address issues, or ignore them. 


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@retiredtraveler said :
...Why is everyone a victim? Take personal responsibility for your life..."

If I'm reading this right are the girls AND boys victims?
If I am how is a boy a victim?
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@angeleyes64 wrote:
@retiredtravelersaid :
...Why is everyone a victim? Take personal responsibility for your life..."

If I'm reading this right are the girls AND boys victims?
If I am how is a boy a victim?

That's a general sentiment I have about life in general. That's why it's my signature. Not attached to any issue in particular. Just a philosophy that few people in this country act like adults and take charge of their lives. The majority of people (imho) go through their lives doing little to nothing to advance their health, further their education, or handle their general welfare (largely meaning personal finance). 

  Too many people just 'show up' for life, not taking charge or resonsibility.

Obviously, it's mostly a contradition to your sig about 'living for today'. I have always planned for the future since I was young.


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@retiredtraveler wrote:

@angeleyes64 wrote:
@retiredtravelersaid :
...Why is everyone a victim? Take personal responsibility for your life..."

If I'm reading this right are the girls AND boys victims?
If I am how is a boy a victim?

That's a general sentiment I have about life in general. That's why it's my signature. Not attached to any issue in particular. Just a philosophy that few people in this country act like adults and take charge of their lives. The majority of people (imho) go through their lives doing little to nothing to advance their health, further their education, or handle their general welfare (largely meaning personal finance). 

  Too many people just 'show up' for life, not taking charge or resonsibility.

Obviously, it's mostly a contradition to your sig about 'living for today'. I have always planned for the future since I was young.


No one should have to "take personal responsibility" for being raped, sodomized, sexually abused/assaulted, nor discriminated against because of race, gender, age, or religious beliefs.


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    When your daughter or grand daughter drops out of college because she was raped at the college / university and when she did the right thing and reported it to the College Admin, who under DeVos can say - not our problem....remember you words.      They are misogynistic.

    Next, if the Admin no longer has to acknowledge that the women who attend their institution are vulnerable to attacks by men - then women are attending those institutions trustingly...and we all know how well that turns out.    The RW has demonstrated a propensity for misogynistic behavior and then protection of their own kind - hence they just put a man on the supreme court who has been abusive to women.   ( don't bother with your white wash, most know it is a cover-up and why so many women ( college educated)  turned away from the republican party.   

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@afisher wrote:

    When your daughter or grand daughter drops out of college because she was raped at the college / university and when she did the right thing and reported it to the College Admin, who under DeVos can say - not our problem....remember you words.      They are misogynistic.

    Next, if the Admin no longer has to acknowledge that the women who attend their institution are vulnerable to attacks by men - then women are attending those institutions trustingly...and we all know how well that turns out.    The RW has demonstrated a propensity for misogynistic behavior and then protection of their own kind - hence they just put a man on the supreme court who has been abusive to women.   ( don't bother with your white wash, most know it is a cover-up and why so many women ( college educated)  turned away from the republican party.   


There is nothing in there about "not our problem". it focuses on specific responsibility. It is off campus that the college administration is removed from control.

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"....The RW has demonstrated a propensity for misogynistic behavior and then protection of their own kind - hence they just put a man on the supreme court who has been abusive to women. ( don't bother with your white wash, most know it is a cover-up and why so many women ( college educated) turned away from the republican party....".

 

Exactly fits with my Libertarian leanings. Bad behavior has consequences if people get involved. So, women are turning away from the Repub party. They don't need a law --- they need, and are, educated in the issues and voting with their feet.

  That is the way it must happen on college campuses. Involved students and parents going to social media, or to the press, to protest what is happening on a particular campus.  


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"...When your daughter or grand daughter drops out of college because she was raped at the college / university and when she did the right thing and reported it to the College Admin, who under DeVos can say - not our problem....remember you words.      They are misogynistic....".

 

It isn't her problem. Again, there is absolutely nothing I can find that shows that Title IX has reduced the harassment problem, or changed the attitude and behavior of college boys. You can't solve the problem at the fed level --- and they have not. No funds witheld, and virtually no compliance with the law. 

  This is a societal issue with young men lacking morals. Title IX can't fix it. It has to be done right there at the school. 


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@retiredtraveler wrote:

"...When your daughter or grand daughter drops out of college because she was raped at the college / university and when she did the right thing and reported it to the College Admin, who under DeVos can say - not our problem....remember you words.      They are misogynistic....".

 

It isn't her problem. Again, there is absolutely nothing I can find that shows that Title IX has reduced the harassment problem, or changed the attitude and behavior of college boys. You can't solve the problem at the fed level --- and they have not. No funds witheld, and virtually no compliance with the law. 

  This is a societal issue with young men lacking morals. Title IX can't fix it. It has to be done right there at the school. 


Seems the GOPerLords put out the word that their minions are to conflate the damage DeVos is doing to equality of opportunity in atheletics with her granting protections to those who rape college students.

 

These are two different outrages, two unique attacks on decency and equality and promoting the idea that anyone who is raped was asking for it. The absurd notion that somehow you cannot influence the behavior of college administrations by telling them if they do not create an atmosphere where rape victims are given support to bring their attackers to justice you do not get money from the Government is naive.

 

This is just another boil on the posterior of our society created by electing a sexual predator as POTUS and putting another on SCOTUS. 

 

DeVos's actions are also directed to protect the rich by eliminating what had become a Public Defender for the rape victims. Now only rich girls will have the resources to hire the legal representation to pursue their attackers, which is how Republicans think the World should work.

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@Olderscout66 wrote:

@retiredtraveler wrote:

"...When your daughter or grand daughter drops out of college because she was raped at the college / university and when she did the right thing and reported it to the College Admin, who under DeVos can say - not our problem....remember you words.      They are misogynistic....".

 

It isn't her problem. Again, there is absolutely nothing I can find that shows that Title IX has reduced the harassment problem, or changed the attitude and behavior of college boys. You can't solve the problem at the fed level --- and they have not. No funds witheld, and virtually no compliance with the law. 

  This is a societal issue with young men lacking morals. Title IX can't fix it. It has to be done right there at the school. 


Seems the GOPerLords put out the word that their minions are to conflate the damage DeVos is doing to equality of opportunity in atheletics with her granting protections to those who rape college students.

 

These are two different outrages, two unique attacks on decency and equality and promoting the idea that anyone who is raped was asking for it. The absurd notion that somehow you cannot influence the behavior of college administrations by telling them if they do not create an atmosphere where rape victims are given support to bring their attackers to justice you do not get money from the Government is naive.

 

This is just another boil on the posterior of our society created by electing a sexual predator as POTUS and putting another on SCOTUS. 

 

DeVos's actions are also directed to protect the rich by eliminating what had become a Public Defender for the rape victims. Now only rich girls will have the resources to hire the legal representation to pursue their attackers, which is how Republicans think the World should work.


As always, GOPerLords, minions, boil on the posterior, class envy, etc. but when it get to the actual topic - it all falls apart. No one has said that a rape victim deserved it. It merely focused the responsibilities of dealing with rape claims. 

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Der Trumper has given us a Government led by a sexual predator with at least one more on SCOTUS.

 

DeVos made sure none of the changes will have an adverse effect on rich girls as they have the money to hire the lawyers to do what DeVos refuses to allow the Government to continue doing for all.

 

Does NOT seems designed to get back those suburban college educated women who gave lil donny his bogus victory, which is, in a way, a good thing as it keeps the Blue Wave Rolling.

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@Olderscout66 wrote:

Der Trumper has given us a Government led by a sexual predator with at least one more on SCOTUS.

How is Title IX related to that comment?

 

DeVos made sure none of the changes will have an adverse effect on rich girls as they have the money to hire the lawyers to do what DeVos refuses to allow the Government to continue doing for all.

Your class envy is showing. Title IX and the proposed changes to it have nothing to do with the government hiring lawyers or "rich girls". How about you forget about who has how much money for a bit and contemplate the proposed changes to Title IX.

 

Does NOT seems designed to get back those suburban college educated women who gave lil donny his bogus victory, which is, in a way, a good thing as it keeps the Blue Wave Rolling.

What has the proposed changes to Title IX to do with elections - it's about sexual harassment.


 

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  Please explain how Title IX is working as far as the harassment part of this. Is it not true that after years of this policy, most schools are not in compliance?  Is it not true that not a single school has lost fed funding under this law?

  I would certainly like to see a report that shows how much harassment has been curtailed under the law, how much prosecution has been done. In general, show me how effective this law is.

  I don't know how really bad behavior of college students who have been raised badly, with little moral or ethical understanding, turns into a white supremacy thing. You think frat boys behaving badly (to use the stereotype) is done on the basis of showing women who the master race is?

  No, this is an issue for the schools involved. Too many kids behaving badly and the school turning a blind eye? Don't go there. Use social media to point out how bad things are on a particular campus.

  I just don't have any evidence of how effective this law has been. If you can provide me a study that shows that Title IX has worked, lowered sexual assault, brought more justice, etc., I would love to see it. Otherwise, this is just another expensive fed program that yields no results other than to keep lawyers and fed staffers employed.    


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  Please explain how Title IX is working

 

Perhpas it's better to explain what it is.

 

https://www.justice.gov/crt/overview-title-ix-education-amendments-1972-20-usc-1681-et-seq

 

Overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

On June 23, 1972, the President signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. Title IX applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. In addition to traditional educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. The Department of Education has issued regulations on the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.1et seq. The Title IX common rule published on August 30, 2000 covers education program providers/recipients that are funded by other federal agencies.

 

http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2018/09/12/campus-sexual-harassment-amy-carleton

 

Instead Of Protecting Victims, Title IX Changes Would Favor Institutions And Perpetrators

 

More than 250,000 college students arrived in Boston this month to begin their fall semester. According to data from the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 in 4 female students in this cohort, and more than 11 percent of all students, will be sexually assaulted before they graduate.

 

It’s in this context that we should consider U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new proposal regarding sexual violence on college campuses. As you may recall, last fall DeVos said that the Obama administration’s recommended enhanced protections for victims of sexual violence (first released in 2011) were a “disservice to everyone involved,” and rescinded them.

 

Now we have a glimpse into a policy draft that errs not on the side of victims, but on the side of perpetrators of sexual assault, while potentially benefiting a system — higher education — that is already not doing enough to protect the most vulnerable. If DeVos’ proposal becomes law, it would be to the detriment of victims and all students.

 

The Obama 2011 guidelines defined sexual harassment as any “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” DeVos’ proposal changes the definition to:

 

… unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity.

Under DeVos’ proposed changes, institutions would only be required to investigate assaults that are reported to “an official who has the authority to institute corrective measures.” Even though the truth is, students are more likely to confide in a residential or faculty advisor with whom they have close contact. This is especially true for international students — who account for 1.2 million of those enrolled and who may have implicit cultural barriers (or explicit linguistic ones) that make it difficult to formally assert themselves via official administrative channels.

 

DeVos’ proposal also offers the possibility that those who are accused of assault would be permitted to cross-examine their alleged victims. This has been widely criticized by many including Jess Davidson, executive director of the nonprofit End Rape on Campus, who in a press release said, “To let survivors be cross-examined by a person who has violated them is downright cruel.”

 

And it is already difficult for students to come forward. As a graduate student, I watched a friend and classmate struggle over the decision to report a sexual harassment situation that was increasingly making her feel unsafe. She echoed the sentiment of many others when she said, "I just want that person to know the effect that this had on me and make sure they don't do it to someone else." The majority of students don't actually want to press charges. Requiring the reporting process to be more formal could eliminate the opportunity for such dialogue.

Devos’ proposed changes also suggest that institutions would only be required to investigate assaults that occurred on campus. This, despite the fact that only 14 percent of all college students — 25 percent of full-time students — live on campus. And given that 70 percent of all sexual assaults happen in a victim’s home or living quarters, the numbers don’t add up.

Finally, though these proposed changes are said to be sparked by a desire for across-the-board consistency, institutions would be able to craft their own evidentiary standards to rule on cases, which means that at the end of the day, there would be no consistent standards of practice.

 

Title IX, while not a panacea, is a far-reaching federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at any institution receiving any kind of federal funding. Most schools, including colleges and universities, fall under this umbrella.

 

Title IX provides fundamental protections to all students — including guaranteeing equal access to all educational and other opportunities. But it is through its intersection with the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report crime statistics and be proactive about campus safety, that Title IX means to protect victims of campus sexual assault. This is arguably Title IX’s most important provision.

 

Under current policies, colleges must notify students of counseling resources, provide alternative housing and instructional arrangements for victims per request, provide information about reporting options and procedures and notify students of case outcomes. While Title IX offers a jumping off point, much more can be done to provide an environment that empowers victims, without erasing them. The Obama-era recommendations were a step in the right direction.

 

As an educator and staunch student advocate, I believe that Secretary DeVos’ proposed policies not only run counter to an informed understanding of campus life but are also potentially dangerous, putting victims’ emotional and physical well-being at risk.

 

Thanks to #MeToo, the public has become more attuned to the pervasive and insidious nature of sexual violence, more sensitive to survivors, and aware that sexual and gender-based harassment is often implicit. DeVos’ proposal seems out of step with the transformation now occurring in public and professional spaces outside of academia.

 

In contrast, her changes do nothing to advance protection for victims, but instead reduce liability for the institutions that should stand behind them, while simultaneously bolstering the rights of those accused of assault, harassment or rape. That isn't progress.

 

This fall, more than 19 million students will attend college or university in the U.S. We should be expanding Title IX protections, not retracting them.

 

Comments :

 

The Obama 2011 guidelines defined sexual harassment as any “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” DeVos’ proposal changes the definition to:

 

… unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it denies a person access to the school’s education program or activity

 

Under the DeVos changes the unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex  ( sexual harassment ) has to be so severe it deprives them of the education they paid for ( runs them out of school )

 

Which means females have to just sit there and take it, or take matters into their own hands, or leave school.

 

After they are run off, then Title IX kicks in.

 

They close the barn door after the horse runs off.

 

Except it's not a horse, it's a person who has paid for an education they were deprived of because boys will be boys.

 

If the boys can't control themselves because they have raging hormones, or they drink to much beer, or they are immature, or they're just misogynist.

 

Shouldn't they be the ones run off, and not the objects of their unwelcome  " affections "?

 

 

Honored Social Butterfly


@gruffstuff wrote:

 

 

If the boys can't control themselves because they have raging hormones, or they drink to much beer, or they are immature, or they're just misogynist.

 

Shouldn't they be the ones run off, and not the objects of their unwelcome  " affections "?

 

 


Yes, the boys committing the actions should be the ones being "run off", not the victims. These are exactly my sentiments. Devos's changes makes it harder for that to happen. It's surprising because she is, after-all, a woman.


Man learns from history that man learns nothing from history.
Honored Social Butterfly

It’s hard to find the words to describe devos...especially any good ones. She seems to be in the same mold as other current and past trump cabinet members: no real knowledge of their department, an extreme opposition to their department, and their expectations of being treated like royalty during their “reign”. devos is running our educational system into the ground with no good results to be realized from her “leadership”?

And concerning assault on women, I’m hearing that some think this situation will just take care of itself. That mode has not worked for several hundred years, but it’s the mode that trump and supporters want us to believe. To even start on that path, we need good role models...we have trump...I rest my case.

We are suppose to make it easier to determine assault, not harder!

Honored Social Butterfly


@williamb39198 wrote:

It’s hard to find the words to describe devos...especially any good ones. She seems to be in the same mold as other current and past trump cabinet members: no real knowledge of their department, an extreme opposition to their department, and their expectations of being treated like royalty during their “reign”. devos is running our educational system into the ground with no good results to be realized from her “leadership”?

And concerning assault on women, I’m hearing that some think this situation will just take care of itself. That mode has not worked for several hundred years, but it’s the mode that trump and supporters want us to believe. To even start on that path, we need good role models...we have trump...I rest my case.

We are suppose to make it easier to determine assault, not harder!


Do you have any thoughts on her tightening up and clarifying Title IX?? Your last sentence describes her purpose in this effort. As of now it is a "he said.she said" situation that can be reported by most anyone to most anyone.

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