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New College of Florida enters agreement with US Department of Education over alleged civil rights violation - CNN


The New College of Florida said it has entered an agreement with the US Department of Education regarding a federal investigation launched earlier this month into allegations of discrimination based on disability.

The federal investigation pertains “specifically” to the New College website, as well as third-party websites where it shares content, including Facebook, Instagram and X, formerly Twitter, the college said in a news release Thursday.

The college said it has taken “immediate action” to address alleged compliance issues, and the execution of the agreement terms will be rolled out over roughly eight months. The details of the agreement and the complaint regarding the disability discrimination were not announced.

In the release, the college said the noncompliant aspects of its online presence – especially its website – were the result of “years of inattentiveness to maintaining online compliance standards and effective guidelines for digital communications.”

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights said earlier this month it planned to investigate “whether the College, on the basis of disability, excluded qualified persons with disabilities from participation in, denied them the benefits of, or otherwise subjected them to discrimination in its programs, activities, aids, benefits, or services,” wrote attorney David Kutch with the Office of Civil Rights.

The agency also planned to investigate whether New College of Florida “failed to take...

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