Today, Thursday, July 13th, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, will be meeting privately with women who say they were assaulted, accused students and their families, and higher education officials. DeVos will be deciding whether or not to change policies that were put in place under former President Obama.
The meeting is being organized by Candice Jackson, the head of the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. She pointed out some flaws with today's rules. According to her, hundreds of cases are still pending because rules require investigators to keep looking until they find a violation. As of Monday, the office had 496 open sexual assault cases with an average investigation length of 703 days.
Jackson has been criticized by women's advocacy groups for stating investigations are not fairly balanced between the accusing victim and the accused student. She went on to say that "90% of the accusations fall into the category of 'we were both drunk.'" Women's advocacy groups are also outraged that DeVos is including some men's rights groups in the private meeting.
DeVos will also need to decide whether or not to continue Obama's 'Dear Colleague letter,' which warns colleges and universities that the federal government is going to be aggressive against sexual misconduct, and that if they do not comply, the school could lose millions of dollars in funding.