Dept of Education orders universities to lower burden of proof in sex crime cases

May 6, 2011

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is going to bat against the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over what they see as infringements on college students' due process and free speech rights.

In a "Dear Colleague" letter sent to colleges and universities in April, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali announced new federal regulations publicly funded schools must employ to address allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence...

Cases: U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights April 4, 2011, Guidance Letter Reduces Due Process Protections