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Analyzing DeVos’ plans to review the way sexual assault is handled on college campuses

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee May 24, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made news Thursday during a speech at George Mason University in Virginia.

DeVos announced that her department plans to review guidelines set for by the Obama Administration on campus sexual assault. As reported by CNN, the move was sparked by concerns that due process is currently lacking for accused individuals. Title IX is a law prohibiting federally funded schools and programs from committing discriminatory practices based on sex. In his first term, the Obama Administration issued a memo known as a “dear colleague” letter which gave guidance on how schools should handle allegations of sexual assault.

One of the most notable points in the letter was to create Title IX panels to review evidence in sexual assault investigations. DeVos said in her announcement that her department “will launch a transparent notice-and-comment process to incorporate the insights of all parties in developing a better way."

So what will that process look like and how will it impact Title IX? Larry speaks to legal experts to find out more.

Guests:

Joe Cohn, legislative and policy director for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a national nonprofit that advocates for university student and faculty rights and have been involved in campus due process issues

Carly N. Mee, staff attorney at SurvJustice, an organization based in Washington, D.C. advocating for sexual assault survivors; her work focuses on Title IX

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