FOIA

Civil Rights Enforcement

On the heels of filing a class action civil rights lawsuit against Walden University, Student Defense launched an investigation into the extent to which the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (“FSA”) has ensured that colleges and universities comply with key civil rights laws.

Student Defense submitted two requests under the Freedom of Information Act seeking documents regarding FSA’s enforcement of civil rights laws. 

FOIA Requests

Documents Regarding Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 

Seeking: All communications between Federal Student Aid and any IHE discussing, enforcing, or relating to the PPA provision requiring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. §§ 100-01; all documents constituting Final Program Review Determinations (FPRDs) that contain one or more Findings; all documents constituting Final Audit Determinations (FADs) that contain one or more Findings that an institution has violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs; all documents constituting or reflecting denials of recertification for an IHE to participate in Title IV due, in whole or in part, to an institution’s violation of the PPA provision requiring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs; and all documents constituting or reflecting actions brought by the Department under 34 C.F.R. Part 668 Subpart G due, in whole or in part, to an institution’s violation of the PPA provision requiring compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs. 

On May 16, 2022, the Department provided a final response letter stating that no responsive documents exist. That letter is available here
 
 

Documents Regarding Compliance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Seeking: All communications between Federal Student Aid and any IHE discussing, enforcing, or relating to the PPA provision requiring compliance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. §§ 106.1 – 106.82; all documents constituting Final Program Review Determinations (FPRDs) that contain one or more Findings that an institution has violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs; all documents constituting Final Audit Determinations (FADs) that contain one or more Findings that an institution has violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs; all documents constituting or reflecting denials of recertification for an IHE to participate in Title IV due, in whole or in part, to an institution’s violation of the PPA provision requiring compliance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs; and all documents constituting or reflecting actions brought by the Department under 34 C.F.R. Part 668 Subpart G due, in whole or in part, to an institution’s violation of the PPA provision requiring compliance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations, as that phrase is used in the Department’s PPAs.