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Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) Case Processing Manual (CPM) Update 11/20/18

Date: 
11/20/2018
Author: 
US DOE OCR

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.

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