News Biden administration announces next steps in overhauling campus sexual assault rules

by Brandon Scott

The department has not yet announced a timeline for the hearing but plans to share more details in the coming weeks. The hearing will occur over multiple days and include a virtual component, a department official said. After the hearing, the department intends to begin a formal process known as “proposed rule-making” to rewrite the Title IX rules, which would include another round of public comments. The department will also issue question-and-answer-style guidance in the coming weeks to advise schools how to adhere to the current Title IX rules. During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden vowed to scrap the Trump administration’s new regulation on campus sexual misconduct, which took effect in August under Title IX, a gender equity law. Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had said she had designed the new rules to offer a clearer, fairer process to adjudicate sexual assault complaints; victims’ advocates criticized the regulation for narrowing the definition of sexual harassment and limiting the incidents schools could investigate. Biden officials have said they were reviewing the new Title IX regulations and would announce how they plan to proceed in the coming weeks.

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