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Michigan State Data Breach and the Value of Preparedness

Michigan State University’s announcement earlier this month that hackers had gained access to a school database of about 400,000 records highlights why colleges and universities are such tempting targets for hackers and just...more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a...more

California AG Guidance for the Ed Tech Industry: 6 Recommendations to Protect Student Data Privacy

Developers and operators of educational technology services should take note. Just before the election, California Attorney General Kamala Harris provided a document laying out guidance for those providing education...more

School’s in Session for the Ed Tech Industry: California AG Gives Lessons on Student Data Safeguards

On Wednesday, California’s Attorney General released a report with recommendations for the education technology (“Ed Tech”) industry, a multi-billion dollar industry that is transforming learning as we know it. The Ed Tech...more

State Legislatures Protect Student Data and Mandate Greater Transparency

Public schools have generated and maintained massive amounts of student information for decades. Standardized test scores, grades, conduct records, psychological and medical information, student assessments, child and parent...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Student Medical Records

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Education (DOE) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” to provide guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of student medical...more

Privacy Tip #54 – Keep Student Data Safe

In the past few years, we have seen the explosion of “big data,” “data analytics,” “data aggregation,” “predictive modeling,” and “data breaches.” None of these terms existed when I graduated from law school. We have...more

Privacy Rules Surrounding Student Mental Health

September can bring about lots of changes, especially for college students. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a guide for departing college students and their families on mental illness, including...more

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session One Recap

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum got off to a great start with a thought provoking presentation by Mark Sommaruga and Zach Schurin regarding a summary of 2016 Connecticut legislative enactments...more

First Day of School for the NYS Education Department’s New Chief Privacy Officer

As New York public schools increase the use of technology in day-to-day operations and in the classroom, they increasingly face data management and data security threats similar to those faced by businesses and non-profit...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

Florida Court Holds Budget Request Forms and Activity and Service Fee Records Not “Educational Records”

On August 11, 2016, a Florida state court judge held that the University Central Florida Board of Trustees (“UCF”) must produce Budget Request forms and Activity and Service Fee Database records to Knight News, Inc. (“KNI”)...more

Heal Thyself: Insider Threats to Heed, Especially for Industries with Large Amounts of Personal Information

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that insider threats due to malicious or negligent employees are the leading cause of private-sector cybersecurity incidents. Of the over 600 information security professionals...more

DOE Releases $7 Million FOA For Co-Optimization Of Fuels And Engines Initiative

On August 1, 2016, DOE released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for $7 million to research fuel and engine co-optimization technologies. Funding will be provided through the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines...more

University of Mississippi to Pay $2.75 Million for Alleged HIPAA Violations

On July 21, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), stemming from a 2013 breach of...more

Higher ed faces ADA challenges over accessibility of university websites

Websites are vitally important to institutions of higher education for a variety of reasons. They serve as a real-time brochure for prospective students, provide important academic and administrative resources to students and...more

August 8 Deadline for 7-Month, STEM OPT Extension

Due to recent changes in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, F-1 students currently participating in the STEM OPT extension are eligible to apply for an additional 7-months of work authorization. The deadline to...more

Reminder: Deadline for Extending 17-month STEM OPT is August 8, 2016

F-1 students who are currently working pursuant to a 17-month STEM OPT extension may apply to add seven months to their STEM OPT period provided they file Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization on or before...more

Deadline to Apply to Add Seven Months to 17-Month STEM OPT Extension is August 8, 2016

The new 24-month STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program took effect on May 10, 2016. The substantially revised STEM OPT program expands total OPT time to 36 months for F-1...more

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

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

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

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

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