Devos: “Here is what I’ve learned: the truth is that the system established by the prior administration has failed too many students.
Survivors, victims of a lack of due process, and campus administrators have all told me that the current approach does a disservice to everyone involved.
That’s why we must do better, because the current approach isn’t working.
Washington has burdened schools with increasingly elaborate and confusing guidelines that even lawyers find difficult to understand and navigate.
Where does that leave institutions, which are forced to be judge and jury?
Where does that leave parents?
Where does that leave students?
This failed system has generated hundreds upon hundreds of cases in the Department’s Office for Civil Rights, mostly filed by students who reported sexual misconduct and believe their schools let them down.
It has also generated dozens upon dozens of lawsuits filed in courts across the land by students punished for sexual misconduct who also believe their schools let them down.
The current failed system left one student to fend for herself at a university disciplinary hearing.
She told her university that another student sexually assaulted her in her dorm room. In turn, her university told her she would have to prosecute the case herself.
Without any legal training whatsoever, she had to prepare an opening statement, fix exhibits and find witnesses.
“I don’t think it’s the rape that makes the person a victim,” the student told a reporter. She said it is the failure of the system that turns a survivor into a victim.”
This is the current reality.”
etc. etc. etc.