The Trump administration is working to overhaul current Title IX regulations, including how schools handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault. This would be one of several changes the U.S. Department of Education has made to Title IX enforcement.
The Office of Management and Budget has also met with civil rights and women advocacy groups to discuss Title IX policy. However, many of these groups are still worried about the forthcoming changes.
Danielle Christenson, the co-policy director at SAFER Campus, a nonprofit that focuses on combating sexual violence on college campuses, said the draft regulation is skewed to the accused despite meetings with various sides.
“I think that DOE has an agenda, and I don’t think they’re going to be swayed by advocate groups," she said. "I think that they’re saving face by meeting with groups to almost say that they met with them, but then not change what they’re doing."
In September 2017, the department withdrew an April 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter on sexual violence and referred to this Obama-era guidance as lacking impartiality.
“The withdrawn documents ignored notice and comment requirements, created a system that lacked basic elements of due process and failed to ensure fundamental fairness," the department said in a statement.
DeVos said only protecting victims’ rights is harmful during her previous remarks on Title IX enforcement at George Mason University.
“The notion that a school must diminish due process rights to better serve the 'victim' only creates more victims,” DeVos said.
Christenson questioned this primary principle.