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University Job Placement Rates Come Under Scrutiny

Higher education institutions face mounting pressure from prospective students, accrediting agencies and financial aid providers to disclose graduates’ job placement rates. Several recent high-profile legal battles have...more

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

Weekly Update from the State House - April 2014: The Senate joined the House in a Joint Assembly to elect Board members for...

What's New - The Google Policy Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 2014 fellowship in North America and Latin America. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and...more

Northwestern Football Players and Academic Medical Centers: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

In a move that has surprised many, but not all, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-watchers and collegiate football fans, Chicago-area NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr has determined that Northwestern University...more

Mergers and Acquisitions for Academic Medical Centers

Academic Medical Centers and teaching hospitals (AMC/TH) are increasingly choosing to affiliate in some manner with other health care providers in order to surmount significant industry challenges. The first quarter of 2014...more

Game Changer: NLRB Rules College Football Players Can Unionize

Director of the Chicago Region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Peter Sung Ohr, ruled that Northwestern University scholarship football players are entitled to have a union election because they are “employees”...more

NLRB Judge Finds That College Football Players Are Employees Of Their University

Yesterday, an administrative judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that student athletes on Northwestern University’s football team who receive a scholarship are employees of the university and therefore...more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 21, 2014: The House focused on "South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection...

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House moved through the Calendar this week, focusing much of their time debating H. 4223, the "South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act". The bill, which bans...more

For-Profit Colleges and the Student Loan Industry Should Take Note of CFPB's Recent Enforcement Action

In a recently filed lawsuit, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has demonstrated its willingness to assert its authority over both the student loan industry and for-profit colleges. The defendant in that lawsuit,...more

New Campus Security Laws Take Effect This Month

A key section of the comprehensive federal legislation passed last year to prevent and address violence against women on campuses nationally takes effect this month. It is critical for educational institutions to understand...more

College Debit Cards

PLA today posts the GAO’s report, issued last month, analyzing the market for college debit cards and expressing concern about “students’ access to no-fee ATMs, schools’ influence over students’ banking and payment choices,...more

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

The Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate: Guidance for Educational Organizations

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently issued final regulations regarding the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 4980H, sometimes referred to as the...more

Sixth Quarterly Report Of The Independent Athletics Integrity Monitor Pursuant To The Athletics Integrity Agreement Among The...

I. INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY - This is the sixth quarterly report of the independent athletics integrity monitor (“Monitor”) pursuant to section III of the Consent Decree between the National Collegiate Athletic...more

Lessons for Marketers from the CFPB Attack on For-Profit Education

We have written recently about the stepped-up scrutiny that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are placing on for-profit education and related marketing. The opening...more

The Time Is Now: Are You Ready To Implement The Campus SaVE Act On Your Campus?

With the March 7 effective date of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act looming and the first Annual Security Reports impacted by the Act due later this year, the time for institutions of higher education to focus on...more

It’s The Most Wonderful Time (For 990 Filings) Of The Year

As the nation recovers from the latest series of winter storms, let the rise of temperatures serve as a reminder of the incoming season – tax filing season. For institutional non-profits such as colleges and universities,...more

Higher Education Institutions That Are Federal Contractors Face a New Minimum Wage Requirement

While not all colleges and universities meet the definition of a “federal contractor,” many do perform contract work for the federal government. Those institutions will be facing a new minimum wage obligation in connection...more

Scrutiny of campus financial products grows

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has joined the CFPB’s call for more transparency in the area of campus financial products. Last week, the GAO issued a report on college debit cards in which the GAO recommended...more

New IRS Guidance For Calculation Of Hours Worked By Adjunct Faculty And Student Employees Under The Affordable Care Act

This week, the Internal Revenue Service released new regulations that provide guidance to college and university administrators that helps to clarify the application of the Affordable Care Act (“Act”) to adjunct faculty and...more

Academic Medical Centers: Musings on the Lives of College Football Players and Hospital House Staff

It has been said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity – both are marked by their ability to see connections where others see only differences. The recent filing of a representation petition on behalf of...more

Are Unions Targeting Adjunct Faculty?

Adjunct faculty members are taking collective action in record numbers. Over the past year, higher education has seen unionization campaigns at universities in major metropolitan areas, including at Tufts University, Bentley...more

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...more

A New Hurdle For Higher Education: College Football Players Huddle Up for Union Organizing

Last week, the Northwestern University football team shook up the playbook by taking the unprecedented step of petitioning the National Labor Relations Board for a union election. The result – to be determined – will have a...more

Student Athletes’ NLRB Petition Looms Large for Colleges and Universities

A group of Northwestern University football players recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to be represented by a labor union. Although this request is the first of its kind, it...more

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