Trump Taps Jerry Falwell Jr. As Head of Education Task Force.
The president of Liberty University has accepted President Donald Trump’s offer to serve as the head of an education reform task force. Jerry Falwell Jr. aims to limit federal regulations on higher education, including campus sexual assault investigations, Liberty spokesperson Len Stevens told CNN.
“[Falwell] has an interest in eliminating what he feels are overreaches by the federal government, particularly the Department of Education, as pertains to colleges and universities across the country,” Stevens said in an email to CNN.
“Title IX is one of the areas he mentioned where there is over-regulation,” Stevens added.
The evangelical leader believes campus sexual assault investigations are “better left to police, attorneys, judges,” Stevens reportedly said in the email.
The Obama administration issued guidelines on the federal nondiscrimination statute Title IX pertaining to sexual assault allegations at college campuses and universities. These guidelines outlined standards for responding to accusations and supporting victims, but since it wasn’t issued via executive order, the Trump administration could issue replacements that would effectively nullify it.
In November, Falwell was widely criticized over Liberty’s decision to HIRE FORMER BAYLOR FOOTBALL COACH, Ian McCaw, after he resigned from the school in May following a sexual assault scandal.
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