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MIT 2014 Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault

More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students responded, or about 35% of the institution’s total student population. (This 35% consisted of 46% of surveyed undergraduate females, 35% of undergraduate males, 37% of...more

11/6/2014 - Colleges Rape Sexual Assault Students Universities

What Concerns College and University Human Resources Officers?

A few weeks ago, Inside Higher Ed issued its 2014 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers. Like Inside Higher Ed’s other surveys, this one provides very interesting reading. Among the topics covered...more

11/3/2014 - Colleges Employee Benefits Faculty Surveys Universities

Lab Safety – Yet Another Harsh Reminder

Institutions make great efforts to ensure that their research labs are safe for students and staff, because it is the right thing to. Even then, accidents can happen that puts those working in these labs in harm’s way. A...more

7/11/2014 - Hazardous Substances Safety Precautions

What Are College and University Presidents Thinking?

Inside Higher Education recently issued its 2014 Survey of College and University Presidents, conducted by Gallup, and it makes for some very interesting reading. The survey results are based on responses from 846 college...more

5/27/2014 - Colleges Data Collection Surveys Universities

Confidentiality and Title IX

In OCR’s April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, OCR referenced a covered institution’s obligations in the face of knowledge of sexual harassment/misconduct and a victim’s request for confidentiality and/or that the institution not...more

5/20/2014 - Compliance Confidentiality OCR Sexual Harassment Title IX

Is the NLRB’s Brown University Decision on Its Last Leg?

The National Labor Relations Board’s treatment of college and university students as “employees” covered by the National Labor Relations Act has been the subject of a tortured history. In the Fall of 2000, in a case...more

5/13/2014 - Brown University Colleges Employee Definition NLRB Northwestern University NYU Students UAW Union Membership Universities

Responsible Employees and Title IX

Under Title IX, the concept of “responsible employee” has a great deal of significance, as recently reaffirmed by OCR in its Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence (Q&A), and previously reported in this blog....more

5/13/2014 - FLSA OCR Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Students Title IX

U.S. Department of Education Reaffirms the Importance of Diversity Efforts Post- Schuette

In April, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action , upholding Michigan’s State Constitutional Amendment prohibiting, among other things, any preferential treatment on the...more

5/7/2014 - Affirmative Action Colleges Constitutional Amendment DOE Race Discrimination Schuette v Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action SCOTUS Universities

The Assault on Sexual Assault Continues – On Both the Federal and State Levels

As reported last week, The White House Task Force To Protect Students From Sexual Assault issued its first report. Simultaneously, OCR issued Q&As on Title IX obligations and related documents to help guide institutions and...more

5/6/2014 - Colleges DOE Investigations Obama Administration OCR Sexual Assault Title IV Universities

Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Today the White House issued the “first” report from its task force on sexual assault. The Report provides a number of recommendations for colleges and universities and is a “must read” for any administrator charged with any...more

4/30/2014 - Colleges Rape SAFE Act Sexual Assault Students Universities

NLRB Grants Request for Review of Northwestern University Decision

In a not surprising development, the National Labor Relations Board announced today that it has granted Northwestern University’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s decision directing an election among the...more

4/25/2014 - College Athletes NLRB Scholarships Students Unions

A More “Militant” AAUP Coming to a Campus Near You?

The Chronicle has reported in the recent past about a division of views within the AAUP as to its proper focus. In 2012, a slate of officers running under the “AAUP Organizing for Change” banner won election fairly handily...more

4/24/2014 - AAUP Colleges NLRB NLRB v Yeshiva Unions Universities

Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban In Public Education Upheld By the Supreme Court

In a number of cases since Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke, the Supreme Court has upheld in a variety of contexts the use of some degree of race based preferences in the admissions process for colleges and universities....more

4/23/2014 - Affirmative Action Colleges Public Schools SCOTUS

Potential Institutional Liability to the Accused in Sexual Assault Cases

Recent articles and postings not only highlight the continuing focus on sexual assault cases on college campuses by the victims of those assaults, but also on the threat of litigation by those accused of the assaults. In the...more

4/10/2014 - Colleges OCR Sexual Assault Title IX Universities

The NLRB, Northwestern University and Unintended Consequences

As reported here last week, the NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago has determined that those members of the Northwestern University football team who receive grants-in-aid are “employees” under the National Labor Relations...more

4/1/2014 - College Athletes NCAA NLRB Unions

The National Labor Relations Board and Higher Education: More change on the Horizon?

After what seemed like a small lull in NLRB activity impacting Higher Education, the National Labor Relations Board has once again signaled potentially significant alterations to the legal landscape....more

2/19/2014 - First Amendment NLRA NLRB Religion Union Elections Universities

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