By Mary Margaret Olohan, featuring Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Law Center
Two women’s advocacy groups urged the Department of Education Tuesday to maintain collegiate due process protections after President Joe Biden called for an examination of these protections Monday.
The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) and Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) responded to Biden’s Monday executive order calling on the Education Department to evaluate and potentially rescind a Title IX regulation issued under President Donald Trump’s administration that encouraged due process for those accused of campus sexual misconduct.
“Current Title IX regulations serve the interest of justice by making sure that all parties are treated fairly,” IWF President Carrie Lukas said in a statement. “They should be left intact.”
“Instead of rolling back due process, the government should focus instead on investigating whether colleges that receive federal money continue to employ Inquisition-like disciplinary systems that deny the accused any meaningful opportunity to tell his or her side of the story,” IWLC director Jennifer C. Braceras added.
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