Federal Warning Against Retaliation Raises Questions for Colleges

Colleges that accept federal funds cannot retaliate against anyone who reports unlawful discrimination, the U.S. Department of Education reminded institutions last week in a letter that legal experts are calling curious for its timing and its reference to "monetary relief" in resolving investigations.

"Individuals should be commended when they raise concerns about compliance with the federal civil-rights laws, not punished for doing so," Seth M. Galanter, the department's acting