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Congressional Members, Gov Concerned Over DeVos Proposal



    Congressional Members, Gov Concerned Over DeVos Proposal
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2019 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    New Hampshire's Republican governor has joined Democratic congressional members in expressing concern over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' proposed overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints.

    Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster joined survivor advocates on Monday to say the changes will hinder protections for students on college campuses. Gov. Chris Sununu sent DeVos a letter with similar concerns.

    Under her proposal, colleges would have to investigate complaints only if the alleged incident occurred on campus or in other areas overseen by the school, and only if it was reported to certain officials. Current rules require colleges to review all student complaints, regardless of their location or how they came to the school's attention.

    Sununu and lawmakers also are concerned that definition of sexual harassment is narrowed.

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