This week, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published on its website a list of “pending cases currently under investigation” by its Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Previously, OCR had released a list of higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of law related to the handling of sexual violence and sexual harassment under
On April 24, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a three-document guidance package regarding the role and responsibility of Title IX coordinators. As summarized in a statement by Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, the guidance package emphasizes the responsibility of school districts, colleges, and universities to designate a
On January 8, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice issued a five-part Guidance Package to assist schools in meeting their obligations under Federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The Departments
On September 27, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published questions and answers on the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Fisher held that the University of Texas must affirmatively demonstrate that its consideration of race in admissions is necessary to achieve the educational benefits
New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) clarifies that school districts, colleges, and universities must provide students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletics. The guidance also offers guidelines on the steps educators must take to meet that requirement. The guidance responds to a June 2010 U.S.
On November 28, 2012, Russlyn Ali, the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, held a telephone conference to discuss the Office for Civil Rights new report “Helping to Ensure Access to Equal Education”. The report summarizes OCR’s compliance and enforcement activities between 2009 and 2012. On the call and in the report,