Title IX imbalance correction throwing left off its axis

Monday, May 25, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Lady of JusticeA policy analyst says the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit over the Trump administration's revision of the Title IX rule is just an effort to rile up the liberal law firm's base.

The ACLU says the new Title IX rule will "slash schools' obligations to respond to reports of sexual harassment and assault."

"The rule subjects reports of sexual harassment to a different and more skeptical review than reports of harassment based on race, national origin, or disability — creating a second-class standard for reports of sexual harassment and assault," the ACLU states in a press release. "The department itself anticipates that four-year institutions will now investigate 32 percent fewer reports of sexual harassment and assault."

Jameson Taylor, Ph.D. of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, sees things differently.

"If you have a daughter, you want strong Title IX rules. If you have a son, you want fair Title IX rules," Taylor tells OneNewsNow. "Past administrations have manipulated the Title IX rule, making process to push a particular social agenda. The Trump administration has finally corrected this imbalance, releasing new rules that provide strong protections for accusers and fair protections for the accused."

Taylor

Taylor says the Obama administration's rules encouraged schools to violate the constitutional rights of anyone accused of any kind of sexual harassment, which led to hundreds of lawsuits against schools.

"They allowed for gag orders, cherry picking of evidence, and low standard of guilty, and in doing so, they fostered the climate on college campuses that is essentially anti-male," says Taylor. "Title IX became more about punishing men than about fairly handling sexual harassment complaints."

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is assisting ACLU in its lawsuit against the new Title IX rule.

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