A bunch of 35 civil rights organizations despatched a letter to the Schooling Division to demand it examine claims that faculties and universities are requiring college students to signal nondisclosure agreements earlier than the establishment will look right into a Title IX declare.
“The agreements—conditioning entry to a faculty’s grievance course of on silence and a forfeiture of different rights or due course of—are coercive, unconscionable, and retaliatory,” mentioned the letter. “They violate federal regulation and coverage geared toward defending college students, a lot of whom are minors. Colleges engaged on this follow are creating unsafe academic environments which disproportionately influence ladies, ladies, college students of colour, and college students within the LGBTQI+ neighborhood. Though establishing a point of confidentiality for delicate and personal info disclosed within the campus grievance course of is suitable, this may be achieved in much better methods than requiring unconditional assent to such agreements.”
The letter additionally requests that the Schooling Division prohibit all makes use of of confidentiality agreements previous to Title IX investigations and inform college students of their proper to counsel earlier than such an investigation begins.