DeVos Threatens Rights of Rape Survivors—But California is Fighting Back

Since 2016, when the Trump Administration rescinded Obama-era guidance on how schools should handle reports of sexual violence, colleges nationwide have struggled to responsibly respond in a way that’s fair and does not retraumatize the survivor. Survivors and advocates in California have decided to take matters into our own hands.

We want to protect students’ safety and access to education. California Senate Bill 493 would do exactly that.

Education and Title IX: Back to “Separate But (Un)equal”

Despite its success, Title IX remains under constant attack, with rules and enforcement depending on which party controls the government.

Single-sex education has sprung up in the majority of states in violation of Title IX.

In addition to being against criminal law, sexual assaults are a violation under Title IX. The Trump administration has dealt enforcement the biggest setback in decades.

How Some Universities are Bypassing Trump’s New Title IX Rules

If schools follow the Trump administration’s new Title IX rules, survivors no doubt will be reluctant to report sexual harassment and assault.

While some schools are accepting the rules and adopting restrictive policies, others are finding creative ways to get around the rules by designing policies that will minimize these harmful effects. We examined a few of these new policies—here’s what we found.

DeVos’s Campus Sexual Assault Regulations Are an “Abomination”

“Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are dead set on making schools more dangerous for everyone.”

Betsy DeVos’s new Title IX regulations make it much harder to discipline students accused of sexual misconduct than those accused of other much lesser serious infractions, such as plagiarism or substance abuse on campus. They have been described as “the antithesis of what Title IX was intended to do.” And they’re being taken to court.