College students in California are likely to find that the investigation and hearing procedures their school uses to determine allegations of sexual misconduct, disciplinary violations, and Title IX cases are stilted against them if they are ever accused. Many accused students find that their due process rights are brushed aside so their school can find them in violation of its code of conduct.
Implicating the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can be an excellent way to ensure your due process rights are kept intact. Doing so, though, requires an effective complaint letter. An attorney like Joseph D. Lento can help.
The Federal Office for Civil Rights
The Office for Civil Rights is a part of the U.S. Department of Education and is the agency responsible for enforcing numerous federal laws that apply to the higher education system. College students are the frequent benefactors of these laws, but the OCR cannot monitor all of the pending investigations in California, let alone across the country.
To bring the OCR into your case, then, you need to file a complaint to petition its involvement within 180 days of your school's alleged violation of your rights.
The OCR Investigation Process in California
If the OCR is convinced by your complaint that it needs to take action, it will send agents to investigate the allegations made in your petition. Drafting a wide-reaching petition, therefore, is essential for a full investigation. The OCR's investig