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The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights enforces regulations in conformity with the requirements of the First Amendment. OCR has issued guidance clarifying that the regulations: 

  • protect students from invidious discrimination, not regulate the content of speech


  • do not require or recommend speech, conduct or harassment rules that make it difficult to enjoy the liberties protected under the First Amendment


These regulations are not intended to:


  • infringe on rights protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


  • require funding recipients to create or enforce codes punishing individuals invoking these rights

For an explanation of the Office for Civil Rights’ position see First Amendment Dear Colleague letter.