Nassar, Tyndall victims make plea on Title IX changes

DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of people who say they were victims of sexual assault by doctors at three major universities are urging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to make campuses accountable for investigating abuse allegations.

The Education Department is considering new guidelines that could change the way allegations are investigated. DeVos has called for a “more balanced approach ” that respects the rights of the accused, especially students.

A letter signed by 80 people was released Thursday. They say they were assaulted by Larry Nassar of Michigan State University, George Tyndall of the University of Southern California or the late Richard Strauss of Ohio State University. Nassar is in prison, and Tyndall denies the allegations.

The victims are especially concerned about ordering colleges to allow cross-examination in student-discipline cases involving assault allegations. They say that “should not be the price of coming forward.”

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