“seeks to block the Education Department’s new provisions before they go into effect on Aug. 14”
Funny, you don’t hear much about the ACLU speaking out about the trampling of people’s civil liberties due to the shutdowns.
NBC News reports:
ACLU sues Betsy DeVos over new campus sexual assault rules
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ revised federal guidelines on how sexual assault allegations should be handled on college and K-12 campuses are the target of a federal lawsuit filed Thursday claiming that the changes would “inflict significant harm” on victims and “dramatically undermine” their civil rights.
The suit, filed on behalf of four advocacy groups for people who have been sexually assaulted, including Know Your IX and Girls for Gender Equity, is the first that seeks to block the Education Department’s new provisions before they go into effect on Aug. 14.
The rules championed by DeVos effectively bolster the rights of due process for those accused of sexual assault and harassment, allowing for live hearings and cross-examinations. It’s what agency officials say was lacking during the Obama administration to protect all students under Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual assault, at schools.
“This new federal effort to weaken Title IX makes it more difficult for victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault to continue their educations and needlessly comes amid a global pandemic,” according to the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York-based law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
The suit names DeVos, the Education Department and Kenneth Marcus, the agency’s assistant secretary for civil rights.
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