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‘An Attack on Students’ Rights’: Reactions to Betsy DeVos’s New Rules on Sexual Assault

The proposed changes will give more rights to students accused of rape, assault or harassment and lessen the liability of campus administrators, while encouraging officials to offer more support to victims.

The new rules narrow the definition of sexual harassment and hold schools responsible only for formal complaints and for actions that take place on campus. The regulations also continue Ms. DeVos’s year-old policy of using mediation to reach informal resolutions and allow victims and their accused perpetrators to request evidence and to cross-examine each other.

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