US Education Dept. ends Obama-era guidance on college sex crimes
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn guidelines on how colleges should investigate sexual assault that were issued by Barack Obama's administration and released new interim guidelines, according to an announcement on Friday.

"This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head-on. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes."

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)