Barack Obama’s eight years in office were catastrophic for America.

Americans rejected his failed presidency and put Donald Trump in the White House.

Now Obama is getting even more bad news.

Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, just undid one of Obama’s most un-American policies.

In 2011, the Obama administration’s Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to college administrators.

The administration was interpreting the Title IX statute to apply to colleges’ and universities’ handling of sexual assault.

While this sounds noble, the Obama administration pressured institutions to take draconian measures to prosecute those accused of sexual assault.

The letter led to kangaroo courts where accusers lost all due process rights and university guidelines that defined almost all sex as rape.

America has a Constitution that protects the rights of the accused by providing for due process.

But for the Obama administration, trashing the underpinnings of the American judicial system was less important than playing to identity politics in the run up to the 2012 election.

That all changed when Secretary DeVos gave a recent speech where she declared “rule by letter” over.

She noted that you can both protect victims of sexual assault and maintain the due process rights of the accused.

And you can do both without minimizing the horrible crime of rape.

Breitbart reports:

DeVos addressed students and faculty at George Mason University Thursday in long-awaited remarks on the enforcement of Title IX and the need to establish a regulatory framework that serves the needs of all students.

The secretary criticized the Obama administration’s 2011 Dear Colleague letter, in which it sought to end cross-examination of alleged victims by students accused of sexual assault in campus courts and rejected the traditional clear-and-convincing evidence standard of proof in school disciplinary procedures.

DeVos said:

“The era of “rule by letter” is over.

Through intimidation and coercion, the failed system has clearly pushed schools to overreach. With the heavy hand of Washington tipping the balance of her scale, the sad reality is that Lady Justice is not blind on campuses today.

This unraveling of justice is shameful, it is wholly un-American, and it is anathema to the system of self-governance to which our Founders pledged their lives over 240 years ago.”

But the government coercing universities into creating broad definitions of sexual assault served no one.

An accusation was enough to ruin a student’s college career.

Those who were innocent were forced to expend resources suing for due process.

And accusers were forced to continually relive their experience as the case was continually appealed.

DeVos was correct to call for a system that is in line with the American tradition of due process, and not the left’s totalitarian impulses to convict first and hold a trial later.