Today, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed invited guests at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, about sexual assault on college campuses.
"The previous administration helped elevate this issue," she said. "I am grateful to those who endeavored to end sexual assault on college campuses, but good intentions alone are not enough."
"Instead of working with schools on behalf of students," she said, "the prior administration weaponized the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students."
The secretary claimed that the Obama-era sexual assault policy failed "hundreds upon hundreds" of sexual assault survivors and "dozens upon dozens" of students falsely accused of sexual misconduct because it limited due process for those accused, was confusing and lowered standards for sexual assault.
Under the Obama Administration policy, colleges were required to address sexual assault and sexual misconduct accusations based on a preponderance of evidence in order to receive federal funding. "Washington dictated that schools must use the lowest standard of truth," she said.
This policy, she argued, infringes upon the rights of those who are accused of sexual assault and makes things confusing for survivors. "The notion that a school must diminish due process rights to better serve 'victims' only creates more victims," said DeVos. "Guilt is not predetermined."