The Trump administration’s Title IX regulations, which were formally adopted last year, improved due process protections for students accused of sexual misconduct.
A new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) found that the presumption of innocence “is guaranteed at 90% of top universities in Title IX misconduct proceedings, but only at 62% of institutions for proceedings not governed by the regulations.”
Other due process protections are threatened by President Joe Biden’s nomination of Catherine Lhamon to return to her Obama-era position in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which, during President Barack Obama’s tenure, actively worked to eviscerate the civil rights of accused college students.
“We were finally seeing student rights moving in the right direction, but Catherine Lhamon’s nomination just shows how threatened the progress we’ve made is,” said FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley in a statement. “If confirmed, Lhamon’s history and rhetoric indicate that she will put her thumb on the scale of justice —