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DeVos Planning to Scrap Obama Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, speaks during a House subcommittee hearing in Washington on May 24.

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, speaks during a House subcommittee hearing in Washington on May 24.

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Arlington, Va. (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declared on Thursday that "the era of 'rule by letter' is over" as she announced plans to change the way colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault on campus.

DeVos vowed to replace a set of rules enacted by the Obama administration in a 2011 memo known as the "Dear Colleague Letter," which she said created a system that failed students.