In 2011, the Department of Education issued guidance spelling out colleges’ obligation under Title IX to protect the rights of people involved in sexual assault cases and ensure survivors of sexual assault can stay in school. Because of this guidance, schools must investigate allegations of sexual assault, provide counseling to survivors, and help ensure they do not have to take classes alongside their assailants. Colleges that fail to protect their community from sexual violence risked losing federal funding.
Secretary DeVos’ decision to revoke this guidance sends a dangerous signal to assailants that their crimes will be ignored, jeopardizes the safety of students in America, and makes it harder for survivors to get justice.
One in five women will be sexually assaulted during her college career.
One in four transgender students.
One in three bisexual students.
It is up to each of us to raise our voices and take action for our classmates, our students, and our friends. We refuse to let the Trump administration take us backward.