CT Lawmakers React to Alleged Changes to College Sexual...
Many lawmakers have spoken out against the alleged changes to sexual misconduct procedures by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
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According to the New York Times, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is introducing new measures to colleges and universities that would change how the institutions handle cases of sexual misconduct.
A notable alleged change as reported by the Times is increased rights for the accused. These include allowing the accused to cross-examine and also request evidence from their victims.
Rosa DeLauro, a Congresswoman from Conneticut’s 3rd District, says it is vital for state lawmakers to do everything they can to protect victims on college campuses, and that the potential changes would prevent fair investigations.
“Schools must investigate and address sexual violence in a prompt, impartial and equitable manner,” said DeLauro on a press conference call where she was joined by several other Connecticut lawmakers to discuss their opposition to the alleged changes.
Many lawmakers who have spoken out against the alleged changes say that the supposed changes would prevent victims from coming forward to report their assaults. “Not one of us is saying we don't believe in due process, of course we do. But victims must be protected, and we need to let them know we will stand with them and fight for them,” said Connecticut Representative Cristin McCarthy on the same conference call as DeLauro.
As of now, there is no confirmation that the changes will be officially proposed or made. A statement from Education Department spokesperson Liz Hill released to WFUV News says that the department is “in the midst of a deliberative process,” and Times’ reporting “is premature and speculative, and therefore, we have no comment.”