DeVos has rescinded the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter (the letter rescinding the previous letter written by a woman who once said that 90 percent of reported cases of on-campus sexual assault were done so out of ‘regret’) despite the fact that — per Bustle — “One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, and more than 90 percent of victims do not report it, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.”
Why is this problematic? Well, for one, the 2011 letter tried to address the fact that 90% of victims do not report it — and now DeVos has seemed to respond by saying that both sides aren’t being heard. What’s more, it also focuses on this idea of balance/due process first while seeming to ignore the tensions and overlaps between Gebser v. Lago Vista Ind. School Dist, Alexander v. Yale, and the OCR 2011 Dear Colleague letter, which is where DeVos should have first directed her attention.