Department of Education Helps Schools Hide Their Sexual-Assault Investigations

January 2, 2015

By Samantha Watkins at The College Fix

Agency’s previous interaction with University of Montana led to controversial harassment ‘blueprint’

Even as the Department of Education hammers colleges to be more transparent in their handling of sexual-assault allegations, it’s helping schools to legally hide their investigations from public scrutiny.

That’s because the agency takes a broad view of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), arguing that the student-privacy law shields “disciplinary records” from disclosure – including how schools have treated students accused of sexual assault...

Schools: University of Montana