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Trump’s Office of Civil Rights Is on the Right Path

Trump’s Office of Civil Rights Is on the Right Path  by ELLIOT KAUFMAN July 13, 2017 4:00 AM The Trump administration should withdraw the ‘Dear Colleague’ letter. The winds have shifted at the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Once captured by a small cadre of left-wing legal activists, the OCR is now under [...]

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Campus Rape Policies Get a New Look as the Accused Get DeVos’s Ear

Campus Rape Policies Get a New Look as the Accused Get DeVos’s Ear By ERICA L. GREEN and SHERYL GAY STOLBERGJULY 12, 2017 Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, in May. Her agency is re-evaluating the Obama administration’s policies on campus sexual assault. CreditAlex Wong/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The letters have come in to her office by the hundreds, heartfelt [...]

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ABA Task Force Broadens Effort to Achieve Fairness in Campus Sex Cases

ABA Task Force Broadens Effort to Achieve Fairness in Campus Sex Cases SAVE An American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force has concluded that colleges and universities should use a more balanced and objective approach in campus sexual assault cases.  Schools must “fully and fairly investigate both sides of the story and then provide an impartial [...]

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ABA recommendations on college due process highlight problems with status quo

By Susan Kruth June 27, 2017 Yesterday, The American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section published a report and recommendations on how colleges and universities should handle allegations of sexual misconduct, addressing several serious shortcomings in campus disciplinary procedures across the country. While schools that implement the recommendations would be taking a valuable step toward ensuring students are [...]

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College Lawyers Say Title IX Process Must Be Fair to Both Parties

College Lawyers Say Title IX Process Must Be Fair to Both Parties By Eric Kelderman JUNE 26, 2017 CHICAGO Colleges are facing a lot of pressure to investigate and punish incidents of sexual assault under extensive guidance from the federal Education Department. But their responses have also made them a target of lawsuits by students challenging whether the [...]

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Professor Sine Anahita: Current approach to enforcing Title IX invites ‘trouble’

Professor Sine Anahita: Current approach to enforcing Title IX invites ‘trouble’ By Joe Cohn June 26, 2017 In a recent online article for Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, Professor Sine Anahita pens a thoughtful critique of some of the ways overzealousness in recent interpretations of Title IX has created serious problems on campus. [...]

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Education Department Cuts Are Long Overdue

Education Department Cuts Are Long Overdue By Hans Bader | June 23, 2017 | 3:02 PM EDT Education Department Logo (Wikimedia Commons Photo) Even modest and long-overdue budget cuts draw condemnation. The White House proposed cutting the budget of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) from $108.5 million to $106.7 million—a “minuscule amount,” notes education [...]

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Civil rights commissioners denounce their organization’s demonization of Betsy DeVos

Civil rights commissioners denounce their organization’s demonization of Betsy DeVos JUNE 22, 2017 When the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights – chaired by the former chief of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights – announced it was investigating the department’s civil-rights priorities under Secretary Betsy DeVos*, two right-of-center commissioners dissented. That dissent has now been released [...]

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Is the Trump Education Department Really “Rolling Back” Civil Rights?

Is the Trump Education Department Really “Rolling Back” Civil Rights? Looking behind the hype on sexual assault enforcement By R. Shep Melnick 06/21/2017 Partisan polarization and overheated rhetoric have become so intense that it is difficult these days to distinguish a policy mountain from a governmental molehill. Case in point: last week’s news stories about the Department [...]

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Official who led witch hunts against accused students tries to take down DeVos

Official who led witch hunts against accused students tries to take down DeVos GREG PIPER - ASSOCIATE EDITOR •JUNE 20, 2017 Commissioners dissent from ‘verdict-first, trial-later’ statement Catherine Lhamon turned the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights into a lawless federal inquisitor as its chief in President Obama’s second term, ordering colleges to take away accused students’ [...]

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