Betsy DeVos’s new campus sexual harassment guidelines restore due process and ensure a more just handling of such incidents, argues The Detroit News in an editorial. Previously, Obama-era rules had left these cases much more open-ended, giving alleged offenders very little room to defend themselves in the face of accusations. In at least one case, a college was found to have expelled a student from its campus without proper justification. The new guidelines also define sexual harassment more precisely, ensuring that it can be recognized and dealt with more effectively. DeVos has made campuses fairer for accusers and the accused.
President Obama’s Title IX sexual harassment guidelines didn’t need to be reformed, holds Shiwali Patel of Rewire News. Betsy DeVos’s policies make achieving justice even harder for victims, who already face highly taxing uphill battles. Due process was already being ensured, only with empathy towards victims. Title IX didn’t need to be amended. DeVos’s policies seem to be influenced by extreme organizations that defame women, even when they are victims. They often wrongly exaggerate the extent of fake accusations. These reforms will let offenders off the hook more easily, making it harder and more strenuous for victims to get justice.