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U.S. Department of Education Reaffirms the Importance of Diversity Efforts Post- Schuette

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Diversity
In April, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, upholding Michigan’s State Constitutional Amendment prohibiting, among other things, any preferential treatment on the basis of race in the admissions process at Michigan’s public colleges and universities. Yesterday, the Department of Education responded to that decision by “confirming” that Schuette… Continue Reading

Ten Steps Higher Education Institutions Should Take to Prepare for OFCCP’s Revised Regulations Applicable to Veterans and Disabled Individuals

Posted in Affirmative Action, Employment
Many colleges and universities are federal contractors and, as such, need to comply with Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) regulations relating to affirmative action.  Revised Regulations have been issued by OFCCP addressing affirmative action obligations applicable to disabled individuals under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (“Section 503”), and… Continue Reading

Race and Admissions – Some Clarification?

Posted in Admissions, Affirmative Action
The United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education recently issued a jointly-authored Dear Colleague Letter  and accompanying “Questions and Answers” document discussing the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. This joint guidance reaffirmed the Departments’ mutual belief in the value of efforts by… Continue Reading