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Debate Over Betsy DeVos' Proposed Rules For Sexual Assault And Harassment On Campus21:31

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment.

Among the changes, the new rules bolster due process rights of defendants — including the right to cross-examine their accusers.

The change is being debated in the Boston area, home to dozens of colleges and universities.

Proponents say the new rules will fix a failed system that was unfair to students accused of sexual assault and harassment. Opponents say they will have a chilling effect on the reporting of these cases — in effect, punishing the victims.


Wendy Kaminer, lawyer, author and feminist.

Colby Bruno, special legal counsel for the Victims Rights Law Center. She tweets @Colby__Bruno.

This segment aired on November 19, 2018.


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