By Jenna A. Robinson
Sexual assault on college campuses has been a fraught topic in the last few years—even more so since Rolling Stone‘s now-infamous “A Rape on Campus” debacle and the release of the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Both of these “exposés” have simply added fuel to the fire.
And federal regulations are making the issue more difficult and more controversial.
As George Leef writes in today’s article for the Pope Center, the latest “guidance” letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), “stepped way over the line between guiding people in understanding and obeying the law (which is all right) and making up new law (which is beyond the legal authority of regulators).”
It does so, Leef says, because it requires colleges to change their evidentiary standards for sexual assault hearings. Leef goes on to outline other ways in which the OCR has clearly overstepped its bounds as a regulator.
Leef concludes that this federal overreach is so egregious that there is only one course of action: The only true solution is to abolish the Department of Education and leave education where it belongs under the Tenth Amendment: to the states or the people.
Read the entire article here.
Jenna A. Robinson is president of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.