Educational Institutions

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Illinois Appellate Court finds FOIA does not apply to the IHSA and School District cannot be used to obtain non-public records...

Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court (First District) issued its decision in Better Government Association v. Illinois High School Association and Consolidated High School District 230 affirming the lower court’s dismissal...more

Proposed Borrower Defense Rules May Significantly Impact Higher Education Institutions

The US Department of Education (ED) recently released a significant Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which could impact most institutions of higher education. In a nutshell, the proposed regulations are designed to provide...more

U.S. Department of Education Outlines Loan Relief Pathway for Certain Students

On March 11, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released an advanced proposal of rulemaking that would establish a more "borrower-friendly process" for students seeking loan relief triggered by unscrupulous conduct by...more

Colorado jumps into student data privacy protection with new privacy law

The recognized trend in data privacy is that those collecting or storing personally identifying information (“PII”) are required to safeguard and protect that information. The requirement to safeguard and protect data extends...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Revised Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting

For the first time in five years, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has updated The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, the primary resource for institutions of higher education seeking...more

Expanding Access and Encouraging Health Care: H.R. 5529

This is the third installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016. The original post briefly summarizing all five bills was posted in...more

Safeguard Your Federal Funding – Transgender Students And Title IX Compliance

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice published a guidance document for elementary and secondary schools that reaffirmed its 2015 opinion letter on how Title IX’s regulations apply...more

Natasha Baker Breaks Down Fisher II on Law360

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Case No. 14–981)(Fisher II), ending nearly eight years of litigation involving UT’s use of race as a factor...more

Recent U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter Raises the Bar on Standards for Protecting Federal Financial Aid Data

On July 1, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education issued a follow-up Dear Colleague Letter to the Dear Colleague Letter of July 29, 2015. This most recent letter reminds institutions of their legal obligation to protect...more

The New Wage And Hour Regulations: Is Your Institution in Compliance?

The long awaited changes to the federal wage and hour regulations were finally released by the Department of Labor (USDOL) on May 18, 2016. The changes, which generally relate to the salary basis amount required for the white...more

Changes to the Open Meetings Act Allow Inspection of Closed Session Records

Effective June 30, 2016, the Open Meetings Act (OMA) has been amended to allow elected board members, or those appointed to fill vacancies on the board, to access closed session recordings and minutes. Access must be granted...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release Joint Guidance on Foster Youth

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a joint guidance addressing LEA support for children in foster care under the provisions of the newly enacted Every Student...more

Colleges Hid Sports Brain Injury Risks

Four class action complaints claim that three different college athletic conferences, along with the NCAA did an inadequate job protecting football players from injury. In recent years, the danger posed by certain sports for...more

Unexpected Affirmative Action News: The U.S. Supreme Court Affirms that Universities and Colleges May Continue to Use Race as a...

On June 23, 2016, in Fisher v. University of Texas et al., (“Fisher II”), the United States Supreme Court voted 4-3 to uphold the limited use of race in college and university admissions. The result was somewhat surprising...more

Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone After Discredited University of Virginia Profile

A New York federal judge recently granted a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media, and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Three former University of Virginia (“UVA”)...more

Supreme Court Upholds University Affirmative Action Admissions Policy

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court held for the second time that race may be taken into account when public universities and colleges admit students. In a 4-3 decision (Justice Kagan recused herself based on her prior...more

Alert: Implications of Potential Denial of ACICS Recognition by ED

On June 23, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will meet to consider the recommendation of US Department of Education (ED or the Department) staff that the Accrediting Council for...more

Updated Clery Act Handbook Released

The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (the “Handbook”), which provides important guidance for institutions as it relates to their compliance with the Clery Act’s safety and security requirements, was recently...more

Colorado Student Data Privacy Bill – What EdTech software providers need to know

Colorado is the latest state to revisit, and expand upon, its laws pertaining to the use and protection of student data. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed into law House Bill 16-1423 (the “Bill”) designed to...more

New York Institutions: NYSED Activates Electronic Submission System for Article 129-A and 129-B Compliance

The New York State Education Department has activated its electronic submission system for institutions to file certificates of compliance with Education Law Articles 129-A and 129-B, as well as the copies of rules and...more

Supreme Court Upholds Consideration of Race in a College Admissions Program – What Does This Mean for Employer Diversity Efforts?

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion for the second time in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, (Fisher II), a case that directly questioned whether race can be considered at all in college...more

Former Yale Basketball Captain Sues University Over Sexual Misconduct Expulsion

Jack Montague, who was expelled from Yale University earlier this year following his involvement in an alleged sexual assault, recently filed a lawsuit against the University for allegedly mishandling the investigation and...more

University’s Race-Conscious Admissions Program Upheld by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the University of Texas at Austin's admissions program, which permits consideration of an applicant’s race as one of a number of factors in admissions decisions. Justice Kennedy authored...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms University's Race-Conscious Admissions Policy

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious undergraduate admissions policy. That policy applies to roughly 25 percent of the incoming class. The other 75...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for Universities

The Administration's recent efforts to normalize trade relations with Cuba has resulted in new opportunities for universities. Although the embargo is still in place, the Administration has carved out multiple exceptions....more

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