Facing National Criticism, Feds Attempt to Defend Controversial Speech Code ‘Blueprint’

Following two weeks of blistering criticism from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and commentators nationwide, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is attempting to defend a controversial speech code "blueprint" that requires colleges and universities to expand their definition of sexual harassment to include speech protected by the First Amendment.

On May 29, OCR sent a statement to concerned students, faculty, alumni, administrators, and citizens who have written the agency to express outrage over the threat to free speech presented by the May 9 findings letter and resolution agreement authored by OCR and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conclude an investigation into the University of Montana’s practices regarding sexual assault. OCR and DOJ proclaimed the letter and agreement to be “a blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country.”

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