OCR issued a press release outling key revisions to the Case Processing Manual. A very important change is eliminating sec 108(t) which was added in March 2018 and has allowed OCR to dismiss many complaints.
Key revisions to the CPM include the following:
- Requires OCR to comport with the First Amendment when investigating and resolving complaints.
- Restores appeals for complainants, who can appeal findings of insufficient evidence, as well as certain types of dismissals, and provides recipients with the opportunity to respond to appeals.
- Eliminates section 108(t) from the earlier CPM, which had provided that OCR would dismiss a complaint that is part of a pattern of complaints that places an unreasonable burden on OCR’s resources.