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by Les Sillars
Colleges and universities across the country could soon be forced to adopt a definition of “sexual harassment” so broad critics say it leaves almost every student vulnerable to punishment and violates their First Amendment rights.
The federal departments of Education and Justice issued an agreement with the University of Montana on May 9 following a year-long investigation into that school’s mishandling of several sexual assault cases. The investigation found the university's policies addressing sexual assault failed to comply with Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. The agreement “will serve as a blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country,” according to the letter...