Title IX changes unlikely to affect Texas Tech

Title IX changes unlikely to affect Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In a controversial move Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued new guidelines on how colleges should handle Title IX issues after claiming the process needed to be more equitable for those accused of sexual misconduct.

The new guidance removes the mandate of preponderance of evidence and allows Universities to move to a model of a clear and convincing standard of evidence when proving guilt. 

Texas Tech currently uses the preponderance of proof model and since schools are given the option it is not likely to change.

"This new guidance recommends that you use the same standard for sexual misconduct that you do for all student misconduct cases and we already do that," said Kimberly Simón, Texas Tech's Title IX Administrator. 

Critics of the change say it will result in chaos and will harm victims however Simón said Tech students should not worry.

"Don't panic," she said. "Things have not changed as much as they appear to have and I think that most of our students and the people that interact with our process wouldn't have know there was a difference except there was a big announcement."

If you would like more information on Tech's Title IX policy, you can visit its website by clicking here.

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