Higher Education Highlights - Winter 2014

In This Issue:

- Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on the Implications of Windsor for Title IV Programs

- New law lets students “lawyer up” in student conduct hearings

- Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Continues Its Aggressive Push To Organize Adjunct Professors In Boston

- The Push for Pregnancy and Parenting Rights Under Title IX

- Favorable Ruling for University Employer Encourages Accountability

- A New Form of Student Union

- Excerpt from Education on the Implications of Windsor for Title IV Programs:

On December 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL”) providing guidance on how Title IV student financial assistance programs are affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor. In Windsor, the Supreme Court found unconstitutional the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that prohibited federal agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes of their programs. Historically, the Department of Education had interpreted all provisions of Title IV of the Higher Education Act consistently with DOMA and did not recognize same-sex marriages within the context of Title IV programs.

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