Advocates of college men who claim their lives were destroyed by false rape claims are hoping the incoming Trump administration will change a policy they say tramples on civil rights. Beginning in 2011, the Obama administration’s U.S. Education Department began pressing colleges to more aggressively police sexual assaults. The department currently has some 216 schools under investigation, while other schools have expelled accused students on scant evidence, often with no legal recourse or due process. “What we represent is not a popular issue, we know that,” Cynthina Garrett, co-president of Families Advocating for Campus Equality, which supports due-process rights for accused students, told FoxNews.com. “But there are so many young men whose lives have been destroyed by these allegations.” Garrett added that she thinks the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights has gone too far and that schools are now operating out of fear rather than cooperation with the government – leading those accused of sexual assault to be found guilty even before they are judged. What President-elect Trump plans to do, however, is unclear as he rarely mentioned education while on the stump and even less frequently talked about civil rights in schools. Trump’s biggest qualm with the Department of Education – as with many other federal agencies – was to say that it “is massive and it can be largely eliminated.” Trump’s pick for education secretary, billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, has also not broached the issue of sexual assault on college campuses or commented on the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX. Title IX is a law enacted in 1972 that prohibits any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance from denying benefits to or discriminating against someone based on their sex. The OCR sent a letter to schools in April 2011 that made sexual assault a form harassment prohibited by Title IX. “Trump and DeVos’ biggest priority seems to be school and not Title IX,” Garret said.
Very interesting.. Clearly Obama’s Dept of Ed HAS abused Title IX..and clearly many male students have been unfairly persecuted under Title IX. Hopefully Sec. DeVos will bring sanity to the bloated Dept of Education.