FILE - In this June 5, 2018 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations hearing in Washington. The dramatic Senate testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford comes as DeVos considers new guidelines that could drastically change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated on college campuses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Kavanaugh case unfolds as DeVos readies sexual assault rule

September 30, 2018 - 8:40 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — She choked back tears and testified that he sexually assaulted her. He angrily swore that he didn't.

The dramatic Senate testimony last week by Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS') considers new guidelines that could change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated on college campuses.

DeVos says the system put in place under President Barack Obama is skewed against the accused. She's expected to issue new rules in the near future.

At stake is the evidence that universities should require when investigating sexual misconduct allegations, the use of mediators and the possibility of the accuser and the accused cross-examining each other.

DeVos has said she wants to honor the rights of the victim and the accused.