(UPI) – The U.S. Department of Education published changes on Friday to rules that govern sexual assaults on college campuses, which provides more rights to the accused.
The revisions are laid out in a 149-page proposal. With the move, Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinds rules the Obama administration issued last year.
Under the new rules, fewer accusations would be considered sexual harassment – as schools would be responsible only for investigating properly reported on-campus incidents. Persons accused would be entitled to legal help and cross-examination, a right discouraged in the Obama-era rules.
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The new rules would also require more proof, and mandate that standards that apply to students are are the same as those for faculty and staff.
Schools could demand "clear and convincing evidence" instead of the lesser "preponderance of evidence" that is specified in the existing directives on how to apply Title IX, the law prohibiting gender discrimination, at federally-funded schools.