The US Department of Education has taken up a serious investigation into New College of Florida following allegations of discrimination specifically targeting individuals with disabilities.
This shocking complaint has been a cause for concern and has prompted the federal education authorities to dig deeper.
Denied Benefits Because of Disability?
The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has set its sights on the New College of Florida, accusing them of exclusion and denial of benefits to individuals based on disability.
Attorney David Kutch, representing the Office of Civil Rights, said that the college’s “communications with applicants, participants, members of the public, and companions with disabilities” were not as effective as others.
The agency is rigorously examining whether the college systematically excluded persons with disabilities from full participation, assessing programs, activities, aids, benefits, and services for any discriminatory practices.
Accused of “Overly Hostile” Acts
The exact details of the disability discrimination complaint remain veiled in secrecy, with the Department of Education maintaining a tight-lipped approach.
Adding fuel to the fire, a separate complaint alleging discrimination against LGBTQ+ students has been lodged against the college.
The college is being accused of “overly hostile” acts “on the basis of race, gender, religion, and disability,” in a shocking new report that could see hefty repercussions for the Florida college.
A spokesperson for the New College of Florida denied the claims of discrimination by gender, religion, and race, “The anonymous complaint details many false claims meant to grab headlines.”
He then admitted the discrimination case against disability hasn’t been denied, “the only claim that is being looked into is the disability compliance claim, of which we are confident the DOE will also find to be without merit,” the spokesperson argued.
DeSantis Involved in Recent Internal Changes
New College of Florida has witnessed significant transformation triggered by conservative influences and changes within the board of trustees, led by one prominent and controversial figure.
The alteration, spearheaded by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has caused ripple effects within the college structure. The college abolished crucial offices, such as the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence, showing a lack of commitment to fighting against discrimination.
Further controversies arose as the board of trustees voted to begin the process of dismantling the gender studies program, fueling debates about inclusivity and academic offerings at the college.
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