Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement following the response by Betsy DeVos, the nominee to be Secretary of Education, to his question in which she said it would be “premature” to commit to enforcing the Obama Administration protections for campus sexual assault policies. Senator Casey introduced and passed into law the Campus SaVe Act, which put in place uniform reporting standards for campus sexual assaults on college campuses.
“It is not “premature” for a nominee to be Secretary of Education to commit to enforcing campus sexual assault laws,” Senator Casey said. “Ms. DeVos’ answer to my question, in which she refused to commit to enforcing the current law on campus sexual assaults contained in Title IX is deeply troubling. We’ve come too far and have too far to go on campus sexual assaults to go back to the days of zero accountability. A sexual assault is the ultimate betrayal and the students of our nation deserve a Secretary of Education who will stand up for them, not one unwilling to commit to enforcing basic campus sexual assault protections.”