Olabisi Okubadejo

Olabisi Okubadejo

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Effective Communication with Consumers with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to certain entities providing goods and services to the public. In the context of interactions with the public, mortgage lenders have obligations to ensure that information...more

3/18/2016 - ADA Consumer Lenders Disabilities Disabled DOJ Financial Sector Reasonable Accommodation Telecommunications

Department of Education Creates Student Aid Enforcement Unit

The U.S. Department of Education is creating a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond to allegations of illegal actions by higher education institutions. The announcement closely follows the Department's and Federal Trade...more

2/17/2016 - CFPB Department of Education Educational Institutions Enforcement Student Loans

Federal Government Remains Focused on Title IX Compliance

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made announcements that signal the government’s continued focus on ensuring that colleges and universities comply with Title IX's...more

1/29/2016 - Colleges DOJ National Science Foundation Sex Discrimination Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Title IX Universities

DOJ Reaches $145,000 Settlement Over Access of Emotional Support Animal to University Housing

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Kent State University (KSU) reached a $145,000 settlement over claims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on January 4, 2016. In 2014, DOJ initiated a lawsuit against...more

1/8/2016 - ADA Disability Discrimination DOJ Educational Institutions Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD Qualified Immunity Reasonable Accommodation Service Animals

DOJ Delays Web Accessibility Regulations; Enforcement Actions Continue

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published its Fall 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities and announced that its much-anticipated rulemaking on web accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will...more

12/3/2015 - ADA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) DOJ Regulatory Agenda Website Accessibility

OCR Takes a Stand on Transgender Students in Locker Rooms

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found an Illinois school district in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 this week for denying a transgender student access to girls’...more

11/9/2015 - Equal Access LGBT School Districts Title IX Transgender

DOJ provides guidance on service animal accommodation for housing and beyond

According to a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement, some pets are allowed in the house. HUD filed and settled a civil rights lawsuit against RiverBay Corporation, a New York City-based affordable housing cooperative...more

7/22/2015 - ADA Affordable Housing DOJ Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD Reasonable Accommodation Service Animals

DOJ Issues FAQs on Service Animals

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance yesterday regarding the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to service animals. The new guidance underscores the DOJ’s 2010 revisions to the ADA...more

7/15/2015 - ADA Colleges Disability DOJ Service Animals Universities

VAWA Regulations Take Effect July 1

The U.S. Department of Education’s rule implementing changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2014 (VAWA) takes effect today. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on...more

7/2/2015 - Clery Act Colleges Department of Education Final Rules Universities VAWA

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Title IX Guidance

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a guidance package that reminds educational institutions of their responsibilities under Title IX. This guidance package, issued...more

4/28/2015 - Department of Education New Guidance OCR Title IX

Vassar College Prevails in Respondent’s Title IX Lawsuit

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted summary judgment to Vassar College in a case brought by a former student accused of sexual assault. The plaintiff alleged that Vassar violated Title IX and various...more

4/10/2015 - Educational Institutions Sex Discrimination Sexual Assault Summary Judgment Title IX

Managing the Institutional Response to Race-Based Harassment

In recent weeks, several colleges and universities have faced a flurry of high-profile race-based harassment incidents, requiring a thoughtful balance of constitutional and fairness questions while ensuring that students feel...more

4/9/2015 - Colleges Educational Institutions First Amendment Harassment Race Discrimination Title VI Universities

White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Advises Colleges on Working with Law Enforcement

In its April 2014 report, the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault promised to release a sample Memorandum of Understanding to provide guidance to institutions of higher education that wish to...more

1/29/2015 - Colleges Obama Administration Sexual Assault Students Universities

Clery Act Changes Published; OCR Resolves Transgender Complaint

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) published in the Federal Register the final rule implementing changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). In another recent...more

10/21/2014 - Clery Act Department of Education Employer Liability Issues OCR Transgender VAWA

Bipartisan Senate Legislation Introduced To Address Campus Sexual Assaults

Yesterday, eight U.S. senators introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, a bill that proposes to amend the Higher Education Act and the Clery Act to include new requirements for addressing sexual violence on...more

8/1/2014 - Clery Act Colleges Sexual Assault Universities

Department of Education Proposes New Campus Safety Rules

The U.S. Department of Education proposed a new rule yesterday implementing changes to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) under the Violence Against Women...more

6/20/2014

DOJ Enters into ‘Landmark’ Settlement with Law School Admission Council

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a “landmark” consent decree with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to resolve allegations of “widespread and systemic” violations of the Americans with...more

5/22/2014 - ADA Consent Decrees DOJ Law School Reasonable Accommodation

Service animals in residence halls – an overview of federal requirements

Increasingly, students with disabilities bring service animals to college campuses. This means that educational institutions must sort through an array of competing federal and state laws governing the use of such animals in...more

5/19/2014 - ADA Colleges Disability DOE Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD Section 504 Service Animals Students

White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Releases First Report; OCR Issues Long-Awaited FAQs

The White House Task Force To Protect Students from Sexual Assault today released its first report, which contains a series of recommendations focused on identifying the scope of sexual assault on college and university...more

4/29/2014 - Colleges OCR Rape Sexual Assault Students Universities

Federal Negotiators Allow Lawyers, Other Advisers To Participate in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Negotiators empaneled by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) recently reached consensus on several preliminary campus safety rules that should be published in the coming months under the Campus Sexual Violence...more

4/4/2014 - Clery Act Department of Education SAVE Act

New Campus SaVE Act Requirements Effective Today

Effective today, colleges and universities face new obligations regarding reports of crime statistics, student disciplinary procedures, and policies and procedures to address and prevent sexual violence on campus. The...more

3/7/2014 - Colleges Rape SAVE Act Sexual Assault Universities

President Obama Establishes Task Force To Focus on Campus Sexual Assaults

In a memorandum issued earlier this week, President Obama announced the formation of an interagency task force to address incidents of rape and sexual assault at colleges and universities. Citing “uneven” compliance with...more

1/24/2014 - Assault Colleges Department of Education Sexual Assault Universities

U.S. District Judge Orders Creighton University To Accommodate Deaf Medical Student

A U.S. District Court judge last week ordered Creighton University to provide a medical student who is deaf with auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, including Communication Access Real-time Transcription...more

12/27/2013 - Disability Reasonable Accommodation

College Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced earlier this week that Logan University in Missouri settled a pregnancy discrimination complaint that the NWLC filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil...more

12/12/2013 - Department of Education Discrimination OCR Pregnancy Discrimination Students Title IX Universities

Incidents of Race-Based Bullying Highlight Need for Prompt and Effective Responses by Educational Institutions

Educational institutions are advised to audit their procedures for investigating and responding to race-based conduct in light of recent news reports about incidents of bullying, hazing, and racial harassment. Today,...more

11/26/2013 - Bullying Civil Rights Act Colleges Harassment Hazing Race Discrimination Universities

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