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2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement

Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Security Rule, Privacy Rule, and...more

Choice is Knowledge: H.R. 3178

This is the fifth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Transgender Student Files First Discrimination Suit Against Wisconsin School District

Last Tuesday, the Kenosha Unified School District (“KUSD” or “the District) became the first Wisconsin school district to be sued under federal law by a transgender student alleging the District and its representatives have...more

New Requirements for Employers of STEM OPT Students — Seven Extra Months for Seven Extra Requirements

The new STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulation extends the practical training for F-1 students with qualifying degrees from 17 months to 24 months. It also introduces an employer requirement to complete a training...more

Collegiate Biobased Network Provides Connections To Industry Leaders For Interested Students

The Collegiate Biobased Network (CBN), supported by the United Soybean Board, promotes educational and career connections in the biobased industry for college and university students....more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - San Diego climate plan means big potential for jobs - Next City - Jul 22 - San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), which debuted in December, is the first municipal climate plan...more

Foliage, Frost, Frozen Ponds and The FOIA (Part Three): Trying To Do The Right Thing Is A Good Thing Under The FOIA

In our latest posting on the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”], we confirm that the Freedom of Information Commission [“FOIC”] has a heart, and may sometimes forgive technical non-compliance by public agencies and their...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 4: Getting Paid

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Uniform Approach Proposed to Protect Employee and Student Online Login Information

State legislatures are increasingly legislating in the area of employee and student online privacy. Privacy practitioners should be aware that there is now a proposed uniform law for the states to consider enacting. At its...more

OCR’s Recent $2.7 Million Settlement with Oregon Health & Science University Highlights the Importance of HIPAA Compliance...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) recently entered into a resolution agreement to settle potential violations of HIPAA’s Privacy and...more

Dept. of Education announces federal student loan policy direction

The Department of Education has released a memorandum to provide policy direction for the new federal student loan “state-of-the-art loan servicing ecosystem” that the ED is currently procuring. According to the memorandum,...more

Judge seals transcript of Title IX hearing

A federal judge in North Carolina sealed a transcript of a University of North Carolina (UNC) hearing to determine whether the plaintiff was responsible for committing sexual acts without consent. In the case in question, the...more

Alert: ED's Proposed Rules for Online Learning Present New Compliance Challenges

On Monday, July 25, the US Department of Education (ED or the Department) formally released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its current state authorization regulations, particularly with respect to distance...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2016

Out of the blue, Nancy Newshound, longtime reporter for the Nutmeg Bugle called Mr. Superintendent. “I understand that a student hacked the district’s system and changed a bunch of grades,” she stated. “What can you tell me...more

Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, “Use Caution When Shortening Student’s School Day to Address Behavior”

A public charter school student with autism and an emotional disturbance is suspended frequently over the course of a school year, with 10 days of removals in total. In an effort to address his behavioral issues, which...more

CFPB to Hold Second Research Conference

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it plans to host its second research conference on consumer finance on December 15-16, 2016. (The first such conference was held in May 2015.)...more

Caught in the Cross-Fire: Student Loan Lenders and Servicers’ Risks in the Bankruptcy Fight over College Tuition Clawbacks

Many parents hope to fund, in some part, their children’s college educations, and the federal government has created a system of incentives, including tax advantaged 529 plans, to support that expectation. Recent research...more

Renovating the Past, Constructing the Future: H.R. 5530

This is the fourth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Illinois Appellate Court finds FOIA does not apply to the IHSA and School District cannot be used to obtain non-public records...

Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court (First District) issued its decision in Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association and Consolidated High School District 230 affirming the lower court’s dismissal...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.21.16

The Treasury Dept’s Office of Financial Research has found that money-market funds are increasingly entering into direct repurchase loans with large investors and insurers—another sign that “participants in short-term lending...more

Proposed Borrower Defense Rules May Significantly Impact Higher Education Institutions

The US Department of Education (ED) recently released a significant Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which could impact most institutions of higher education. In a nutshell, the proposed regulations are designed to provide...more

Supreme Court Poised to Weigh in on Transgender Rights

In recent years, state and federal courts have consistently ruled in favor of those seeking to define their gender identity. However, the Supreme Court has yet to weigh in — a situation that is about to change as the...more

Legal Update: Amendments to the Public School Code - Diabetes Management

On July 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1606, now known as Act 86 of 2016 (“Act 86”). Included among the numerous amendments to the Public School Code, Act 86 establishes new requirements for LEAs related...more

U.S. Department of Education Outlines Loan Relief Pathway for Certain Students

On March 11, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released an advanced proposal of rulemaking that would establish a more "borrower-friendly process" for students seeking loan relief triggered by unscrupulous conduct by...more

Colorado jumps into student data privacy protection with new privacy law

The recognized trend in data privacy is that those collecting or storing personally identifying information (“PII”) are required to safeguard and protect that information. The requirement to safeguard and protect data extends...more

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