WHAT IT IS
- On September 7th, Betsy DeVos announced an investigation on campus sexual assault policies implemented during the Obama presidency.
- DeVos expressed her disagreements with Obama’s “Dear Colleague” letter of guidelines college campuses are required to use as baseline to dealing with sexual assault cases.
- The investigation will involve looking into the rights of victims and perpetrators from Title IX.
WHY IT MATTERS
Changes to the process of campus sexual assault means changes in how sexual assault cases are handled, which will affect the consequences (or lack thereof) involved for both the victim and the perpetrator.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- #StopBetsy trended on Twitter the day DeVos made her announcement.
- Robert Ranco, a lawyer who tweeted that he would approve of Betsy DeVos being sexually assaulted, resigned last Monday, and his Twitter account has since been terminated.
- A number of colleges across the country have already made public statements regarding the investigation.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Read Betsy DeVos’s full statement on sexual assault policy here.
- How many colleges will make the expected policy switch?
- For how long can colleges and universities hold off the changes?