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In this Sept. 17, 2018 photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct. The Education Department released a plan Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if it was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)MoreCloseclosemore
In this Sept. 17, 2018 photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct. The Education Department released a plan Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if it was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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.

Guests

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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