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Supreme Court to Rule on Case Addressing Bathroom Access Based on Gender Identity

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in the matter of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which asks the Court to weigh in on the issue of restroom access for transgender students. The...more

Title IX Enforcement: Potential Changes for Schools and Universities

Schools and universities should be informed that Title IX enforcement in the area of campus sexual assault might be scaled back or even eliminated under the new Trump administration. This is particularly significant for...more

Alert: All Institutions Face New Risks Under ED’s Final Borrower Defense Rule

In this, the first in a series of client alerts that will explain the workings of the new Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule (BDTR), we explore what promises to be a series of rules, procedures and interpretations to be...more

U.S. Dept. of Education Joins Tide Against Class-Action Waivers/Mandatory Arbitration

There’s been plenty of news regarding a recent trend that contract provisions precluding class actions and mandating arbitration may have hit their high water mark and appear to be receding...more

[Webinar] The Revised Financial Responsibility Standards - December 1st, 12:00pm CT

Among the significant changes made by the new rules are revisions to the financial responsibility standards that apply to private institutions (both nonprofit and proprietary). The regulation creates a significant number of...more

United States Supreme Court to Review Student Transgender Bathroom Access Case

On October 28, 2016, the Justices of the United States Supreme Court announced that they would hear the appeal of the Gloucester County School Board's appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in...more

United States Supreme Court to Hear Case Concerning Transgender Student Rights under Title IX

Amid a national background of litigation concerning the U.S. Department of Education’s directives involving the rights of transgender students, on October 28, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari to...more

Department of Education Adopts Rules Increasing Student Loan Risk for Schools

As we previously reported, in June the Department of Education (DOE) proposed new rules relating to when students could assert a borrower defense to repayment, effectively a discharge of student loans. On November 1, DOE...more

Dept. of Ed. Bans Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Title IV Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a final rule that broadly addresses the ability of a student to assert a school's misconduct as a defense to repayment of a federal student loan. The final rule includes a ban on...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Transgender Student Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral argument in one of the high-profile challenges to the legality of the Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL”) jointly issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on May 13,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Transgender Bathroom Case

Questions regarding bathroom access for transgender individuals have been among the most prevalent in American society in the last year. We have written about this topic on several occasions recently due to activity in...more

Supreme Court Will Review Fourth Circuit Decision in Transgender Student’s Rights Case

On October 28, 2016 the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the Fourth Circuit’s decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. This case is about whether a Virginia School Board’s policy limiting students’...more

Breaking: Supreme Court to Weigh in on Transgender Restroom Access in Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday accepted a closely watched case over restroom access for transgender students. Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., will examine whether the Title IX education code’s prohibition on “sex”...more

Eighth Circuit Reinstates FCA Case Over Changed College Grades, Attendance Records

Can changing grades and attendance records be actionable under the False Claims Act (FCA)? According to the Eighth Circuit, the answer is yes. Specifically, in United States ex rel. Miller v. Weston Educational, Inc., two...more

Texas Judge Clarifies Scope of Transgender Guidance Injunction; Feds Appeal to 5th Circuit

We have been tracking the development of litigation concerning rights, obligations, and duties with regard to transgender students as cases unfold across the country. Earlier this summer, Texas and twelve other states...more

Ohio Judge Upholds Federal Guidelines for Transgender Students

The landscape of transgender law impacting students is quickly evolving, in large part due to the increasing national debate over restroom access for transgender students. By way of background, under Title IX, schools...more

Montana Supreme Court Struggles with the Intersection of FERPA and State Open Records Laws

While investigating sexual misconduct at the University of Montana’s campus, bestselling author Jon Krakauer filed a request with the office of the Commissioner of Higher Education of the State of Montana to inspect specific...more

PTAC Releases Guidance Video Concerning Use of Email and Student Privacy

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (“PTAC”), a resource established by the U.S. Department of Education, recently released a guidance video concerning the use of email in schools and student data privacy. In this short...more

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Dear Colleague Letters Jointly Announcing New SECURe Rubrics...

On September 8, 2016, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) jointly released new guidance regarding school resource...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue “Dear Colleague” Letters and Resource Materials for LEAs Addressing the Use of...

On Sept. 8, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) each issued “Dear Colleague” letters and accompanying “resource documents” addressing school-based law enforcement and the role of School Resource Officers...more

ED terminates recognition of ACICS: Next steps

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S Department of Education announced its decision to end federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), the country’s largest national accreditor, which...more

Department of Education Releases New Guidance on SROs, Police in Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued non-binding regulatory guidance regarding law-enforcement officers’ involvement in the administration of school discipline. The new guidance,...more

Back to School: Recent Cases Offer Lessons in International Tax “Basics”

In Liv. Commissioner (T.C. Summ. 2016-49), the taxpayer, appearing pro se, claimed he was entitled to education credits under Section 25A. The Tax Court disagreed, finding that the taxpayer’s U.S. residency start date made...more

Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Disclosure of Student Medical Records

The Family Policy Compliance Office at the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) recently released "significant guidance" on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the release of...more

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