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Civil Rights Groups Sue Ed. Department Over Rules on Sexual Assault Probes

By The Associated Press — February 06, 2018 1 min read
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Several civil rights organizations are suing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her agency over its policy on investigating sexual assault on college campuses.

DeVos scrapped Obama-era guidance and replaced it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. DeVos said Obama-era directives had “weaponized” the Education Department and were unfairly skewed against those accused of assault.

A suit filed late last month in federal court in California asks to declare that decision illegal.

A version of this article appeared in the February 07, 2018 edition of Education Week as Civil Rights Groups Sue Ed. Department Over Rules on Sexual Assault Probes

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