Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s Rule Dismantling Title IX Protections for Students and Survivors

May 6, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration’s Education Department released its final rule on Title IX, rolling back key protections and creating massive new barriers to justice for survivors and victims of sexual assault and harassment on college campuses:

“The Trump Administration’s final rule is callous, cruel and dangerous, threatening to silence survivors and endanger vulnerable students in the middle of a public health crisis.  That the Department of Education has spent its time finalizing this out-of-touch rule rolling back decades of progress instead of helping students and educators weather the coronavirus crisis highlights the staggering depths of this Administration’s contempt for survivor justice and campus safety.

“Campus sexual assault is an epidemic in America, with one in four women experiencing harassment or abuse on college campuses and the coronavirus crisis creating new threats to women’s safety and challenges to seeking justice.  Yet, Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration have only accelerated their wanton war to destroy Title IX’s critical protections for students and holding schools accountable.

“Democrats will not stand silently as the Trump Administration attacks the civil rights of students and will fight to ensure that every college campus is free from the fear and threat of discrimination, harassment or violence.”