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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Betsy DeVos Proposes New Rules for How Colleges Handle Sexual Harassment Claims

  1. I was proud and grateful to BU for requiring all students, staff, and faculty to learn about policies, resources, and ways to prevent sexual misconduct this year. I hope BU continues to lead on this issue by communicating an official stance on this DOE proposal.

  2. These changes seem to be (mostly) reasonable. The existing policies are incredibly unfair to the accused — and this needs to be fixed somehow, no matter how important it is to support victims at the same time. Thank you, BU, for promising to review these rules thoughtfully.

  3. Accused students currently have an opportunity to follow a defined process as it relates to matters of sexual assault and misconduct. The DeVos proposal to require institutions to creat an “open court-like” system requiring accused students to be provided with the opportunity to cross examine their victims would create a chilling effect – to say the least.

  4. This will further discourage victims of sexual assault from coming forward, and likely make our campus less safe by protecting the serial offenders. I wonder how the criminology and sociology faculty and students see these potential changes.

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