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DED Directive Robs the Accused of Their Civil Rights

UPDATE: On September 22, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded the controversial 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on sexual violence. You can read the announcement HERE.


The U.S. Department of Education (DED) has issued a directive that requires colleges to use the “preponderance of evidence” standard in handling allegations of sexual assault, a standard that in practice removes the presumption of innocence. The American Association of University Professors, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and SAVE are all calling for the DED to remove this unconstitutional policy.

Contact the DED today and politely tell it to remove its sex assault policy that strips due process from the accused. Contact Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary, DED Office for Civil Rights: