People are worried Betsy DeVos' upcoming 'major policy address on Title IX enforcement' will be rollback of sex assault rules

The Department of Education confirmed Secretary Betsy DeVos will deliver a “major policy address on Title IX enforcement” at George Mason University Thursday afternoon.

The announcement is expected to relate to the enforcement of sexual assault on college campuses as it pertains to Title IX — the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination.

In July, DeVos indicated the department would overhaul Obama-era guidance that dictated the way colleges must combat sexual assault.

Proponents of stricter protections for college students lauded the Obama directive, but critics argued that the guidance — which lowered the standard of proof in campus adjudications — said the new rules diminished the rights of the accused.

The speech is planned for 12:15 p.m. ET.

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