Student senators denounce Betsy Devosapos proposed Title IX changeswithout reading them

Student senators denounce Betsy Devosapos proposed Title IX changeswithout reading them

A New Mexico student government moved to unanimously denounce the Trump Administration’s proposed Title IX changes but reportedly did not even have time to go over the entire list of changes before the vote.

The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico unanimously passed Resolution 15F, which officially denounced a set of changes to Title IX proposed by Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during a Nov. 28 meeting, the Daily Lobo student newspaper reported. The Resolution, when passed, also urged UNM President Garnett Stokes to support the decision and issue a statement announcing the university’s opposition to the changes.

DeVos’ proposed changes include urging schools to adopt a “clear and convincing evidence” standard for sexual assault cases and scrapping the preponderance of evidence standard. If enacted, the new rules would also impose a stricter definition of “sexual harassment.” 

[RELATED: ACLU bashes Betsy DeVos’ Title IX proposal]

While the resolution passed, the Daily Lobo reported that most of the senators involved in the vote did not have time to read the full list of changes. Individual senators reported their familiarity with the changes using phrases ranging from “not the full thing” to “know generally.”

The Daily Lobo interviewed several of the senators who voted on the measure. Of the senators interviewed by the student publication, only one of the senators and one of the three sponsors of the resolution, Rachel Montoya, said that they had read the Title IX changes in full.

“When Senators make a decision like this, they weigh the issues in many ways, including holding meetings with students, considering pertinent information as outlined in the resolution, reading contextual information from outside sources — like news outlets and relevant commentary — and, if applicable, consulting material directly.” UNM student government spokesman Brendon Gray told Campus Reform.

Senate President Becka Myers and Vice President Emily Wilks, both of whom read the proposed changes in full, stood behind the decision of the senators.

“It’s everyone’s own prerogative to be as involved in politics as they

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