Gov. Evers blocks UW from complying with Trump sex assault rules

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FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is moving ahead with plans to buy 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks in the fight against the coronavirus. The effort comes after Evers’ administration had clashed with Republican lawmakers over whether he needed their permission to make such purchases. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has blocked the University of Wisconsin System from taking the first steps toward complying with new federal rules that will bolster the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct.

The Trump administration’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, last month issued new rules that narrow the definition of sexual harassment and require colleges to investigate claims only if they’re reported to certain officials.

Evers on Monday rejected UW’s outline for a new administrative rule complying with the federal changes. Evers said the outline doesn’t specify whether UW would weaken or strengthen the definition of sexual harassment.

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