ACLU Criticized For Suggesting Title IX Proposal ‘Inappropriately’ Favors The Accused

Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is receiving pushback after suggesting a U.S. Department of Education proposal for Title IX reform “inappropriately” favored the accused, on Twitter Friday.

The DOE released a proposal Friday with sweeping changes to Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education programs receiving government financial assistance. Changes ranged from narrowing the definition of “sexual harassment” to stronger protections for the accused.

“It promotes an unfair process, inappropriately favoring the accused and letting schools ignore their responsibility under Title IX to respond promptly and fairly to complaints of sexual violence,” the ACLU tweeted Friday.

Title IX is a federal statute passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972.

“Far too many students have been forced to go to court to ensure their rights are protected because the Department has not set out legally binding rules that hold schools accountable for responding to allegations of sexual harassment in a supportive, fair manner,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement.

The ACLU claimed in a thread of tweets that DeVos’s proposed rule would also “tip the scales against those who raise their voices” and make schools less safe for sexual assault survivors. (RELATED: Harvard Students File Title IX Complaints To Keep Kavanaugh Off Campus)

Not everybody approved of the ACLU’s stance, however.

“So, not only did we get to see the ACLU abandon its core mission/letters in real time today, but we’re about to see it get ratio’d? Twitter is great!” Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marc Scribdner tweeted.

The ACLU works “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties” in the U.S., according to the organization’s website.

DeVos’s proposal received pushback from other people and organizations as well, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, former aide to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett, and former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama Tina Tchen to name a few.

The ACLU did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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