Ellen Wetmore

Ellen Wetmore

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White House Task Force Publishes Sample Law Enforcement MOU for Sexual Assault Cases

On January 26, 2015, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (Task Force) published new guidance on building partnerships between law enforcement agencies and institutions of higher education....more

2/2/2015 - Colleges Educational Institutions FERPA Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding Public-Private Partnerships Sexual Assault Title IX Universities

Appellate Court Affirms Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Defamation Lawsuit by Political Candidate

On October 30, in Goral v. Kulys, the Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a defamation suit pursuant to the Illinois Citizen Participation Act, 735 ILCS 110/1 et seq. (the “Act”). The Goral decision...more

11/25/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Defamation Dismissals Litigation Strategies Political Candidates

DOE Publishes Final VAWA Regulations

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Education (DOE) published the final regulations for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. As we previously reported, the VAWA regulations are...more

10/31/2014 - Clery Act DOE VAWA

Department of Education Proposes New VAWA/Campus SaVE Act Regulations

On June 20, 2014, new proposed regulations targeting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking were published in the Federal Register. The draft regulations implement changes made to the Clery Act by the...more

6/23/2014 - Clery Act Colleges Department of Education Universities VAWA

President Obama Announces White House Task Force On Protecting Students From Sexual Assault

On January 22, 2014, President Obama announced the creation of a White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault (Task Force). The President’s announcement was accompanied by a report issued by the White...more

2/4/2014 - Colleges OCR Sexual Assault Students Title IX Universities VAWA

Illinois’ New Concealed Carry Law Still Prohibits Firearms On-Campus

As explained more fully in a recent FR Alert, Illinois recently enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (Public Act 098-0063), a law that permits licensed individuals to carry a concealed firearm in certain circumstances. ...more

7/18/2013 - Concealed Carry Permit Concealed Weapons Employer Liability Issues Gun Laws Workplace Hazards

Federal Court Determines That The Fair Housing Act Applies To University Housing

In United States of America v. University of Nebraska at Kearney, et al., the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska granted partial summary judgment against the University of Nebraska at Kearny in a case...more

4/24/2013 - ADA Dogs FHA HUD Students Universities

Amendments to Liquor Control Act Create Safe Harbor For College And University Employees And Students Who Request Police...

On January 1, 2013, certain amendments to Section 6-16 of the Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 (the “Act”) will take effect. These amendments may impact the way that institutions of higher education address underage...more

12/24/2012 - Colleges Liquor Control Acts Premises Liability Safe Harbors Underage Drinking Universities

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