Michael Strauss Well, it says: “While OCR does not require schools to permit parties to have lawyers at any stage of the proceedings, if a school chooses to allow the parties to have their lawyers participate in the proceedings, it must do so equally for both parties.” So, it’s essentially up to the schools whether to allow or not to allow the accusers and accused to have counsel. But, seriously, my reading of this letter, and again, I did read the whole thing carefully, sounds like it’s trying to be very very fair to both parties.