DeLauro Responds to DeVos’ Campus Sexual Assault Guidance Rollback
WASHINGTON, DC (September 7, 2017) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in response to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ remarks rolling back Title IX guidance for colleges and universities on how to deal with campus sexual assault.
“Over the past several years, survivors of sexual assault demanded that schools do a better job of enforcing their rights on campus. The Department of Education responded in 2011, providing guidance that sent a clear message: schools must investigate and address sexual violence in a prompt, impartial and equitable manner.
“Yet today, Secretary DeVos and the Trump administration have begun rolling back these critical protections. That is unconscionable. We cannot go back to the days when these issues were swept under the rug. Survivors deserve the same protections as accused students in sexual assault proceedings, and all students deserve to learn in an environment free from sexual violence.”