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About "Campus Assaults"
The leader of the Department of Education, Betsy Devos, is developing new rules for campuses to adjudicate situations where students accuse other students of sexual assault. Devos’ change is a step away from Obama-era rules that required schools to use “a preponderance of evidence” to convict the accused. Since its 2011 enactment, schools didn’t need much more evidence than one person accusing another in order to punish or convict students. Devos claims that giving colleges such authority has led to “kangaroo courts” with no rule of law to determine guilt or innocence.
Victims think differently, as do human rights groups that aim to protect victims of assaults. They claim that raising the burden on universities to come up with more proof will deter victims from coming forward. The status quo makes it relatively easy to make a claim and have it taken seriously. Devos’ new rules will make it harder.
These new rules pass down in September, and extempers will want to be prepared to respond.
This week’s final round goes deep into campus rules on assaults. Other topics include Trump’s war on Google, Germany’s assistance to Turkey, our new trade deal with Mexico, and much more!
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