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Clear and Convincing: DOE v. Jackson, Devos, and the future of campus sexual misconduct investigations

On September 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, announced that the United States Department of Education intended to revisit the “Dear Colleague” letter that the Department’s Office for Civil Rights, or “OCR,”...more

Lawsuit Claiming Gender Bias in Title IX Investigation Allowed to Go Forward

• A federal court in Ohio has held that published writings of a university Title IX administrator provide sufficient evidence of bias to permit a civil suit by a penalized student to go forward. • Denial of equitable...more

What U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' Recent Speech Means for Title IX

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a highly publicized speech recently about the federal government’s plan to revamp guidelines for handling allegations of sexual assault on college campuses. Having watched the...more

Education Department to Replace Guidance on Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In yet another reversal of civil rights policy established under the Obama administration, on Sept. 7, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her plan to review and replace the Department of Education’s 2011 “Dear...more

U.S. Department of Education Announces Intention to Review and Replace Title IX Regulations Concerning Sexual Harassment and...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Thursday, September 7, in a speech by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos, the Department announced that it would undertake a review of its current Title IX enforcement guidance concerning campus-based...more

Secretary DeVos Announces Changes to Title IX Directives Regarding Campus Sexual Misconduct Allegations

by K&L Gates LLP on

n Thursday, September 7, 2017, Department of Education Secretary DeVos announced that the Department will launch a notice-and-comment process to incorporate the “insights of all parties” in creating new directives that govern...more

Plans To ‘Reframe’ Title IX Enforcement Announced

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration believes that Obama-era guidance regarding sexual assault on college campuses created a “failed system” that was a “disservice to everyone involved,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on September...more

Education Department Signals Possible Changes To Sexual Misconduct Dear Colleague Letter

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has suggested that it is considering significant changes to or rescission of the April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter on schools’ obligations to respond to sexual misconduct...more

DOE Imposes Data Security Requirements on Colleges and Universities

Do you have a written data security program in place to meet federal requirements? In the last year, the Department of Education (DOE) released guidance in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter emphasizing the importance...more

Department of Education Rethinking Campus Guidance on Sexual Assault

by Littler on

Higher education institutions may soon be asked to reconsider how they comply with Title IX obligations when a student or employee files a sexual assault complaint. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently indicated it...more

Canary in a Coal Mine: Analyzing Title IX, OCR, and On-Campus Sexual Misconduct Adjudications in Plummer v. University of Houston

It is unusual for a dissenting opinion to be more noteworthy than the majority’s holding, yet that is the case in Plummer v. University of Houston, a decision recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Investigating Sexual Assaults at School: Changes on the Horizon

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

We are closely monitoring the U.S. Department of Education’s policy guidance concerning investigations of sexual assaults and sexual violence on school campuses, applicable to both K-12 and higher education institutions...more

OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to “Reorient” Approach

by Barley Snyder on

With all of the issues the Trump administration is attending to as the nation’s transition continues, smaller -- but still-important -- issues aren’t getting much attention. But in late June, high-ranking federal officials...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Check Please: OCR’s Future in the Wake of Proposed Budget Cuts

Published reports indicate that President Trump’s proposed budget includes what is approximately a fifty percent reduction in the prior fiscal year’s funding for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil...more

Special Education Tip - There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel - 43-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel and It Ain’t No Train - Some good news. The NSBA Council of School Attorneys (“COSA”) met last week in Denver, Colorado. One of the speakers was former COSA Chair Tom Wheeler,...more

Supreme Court Sends Transgender Student Case Back to Lower Court; Other Case Worth Watching

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following revocation of Obama Administration transgender guidance, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s determination that a transgender student had shown a likelihood of...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

SCOTUS, New Dear Colleague Letter Muddle Transgender Issues Under Title IX

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students to use...more

Flushed: Supreme Court Vacates Fourth Circuit’s Title IX Transgender Bathroom Decision in Gloucester County v. G.G.

In a not particularly surprising development, on March 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court vacated the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s judgment in the controversial case of Gloucester County...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Lower Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Education’s directives concerning the rights of transgender students under Title IX have changed course, muddying the collective understanding of how federal agencies interpret Title...more

The Supreme Court Will Not Hear Landmark Transgender Student Case

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The wait for a final resolution of the legal issues surrounding transgender students will be extended as the result of a decision yesterday by the United State Supreme Court in the landmark case, Gloucester County School Bd....more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

Title IX Update - March 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Rescission of Previous Administration’s Guidance Relating to Transgender Students - On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter rescinding the...more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

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