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Illinois Felony Hazing Law Held Constitutional

In a criminal prosecution of four former fraternity members, a state judge ruled yesterday that the Illinois Hazing Act’s broad definition of “hazing” is sufficiently clear to withstand a constitutional challenge. ...more

FTC Changes COPPA FAQ To Provide New Guidance On Consent And Data Collection In Educational Settings

On April 22, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) website to provide additional information on how operators can collect students' personal information—in compliance with the...more

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Minutes Re: SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTLEMENTS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2013 &...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Meeting MINUTES NOVEMBER 2013 TO FEBRUARY 2014 Board of Education Meeting MINUTES: Ii Government Code §54956.9(d)(2) SPECIAL EDUCATION...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

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance to Protect Student Privacy Online

Educational institutions face greater legal exposure given their increasing use of online educational services – and situations where they can both collect and disclose protected information. As a result, these institutions...more

Institutions of Higher Education and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Third Circuit Holds Higher Education Amendments Offer No Safe...

In a recent precedential opinion, the Third Circuit has held that the Higher Education Act provides no safe haven from strict adherence to the Fair Credit Reporting Act for colleges and universities. Moreover, the Court...more

Employment Law Blog: Students, Employees and Assaults: Parallels Between Academic and Employer Requirements

Is it simply “human nature”? University of Iowa President Sally Mason is under scrutiny for her comments regarding a recent sexual assault reported to the university. Mason’s remarks were interpreted by portions of the...more

CFPB files enforcement action against for-profit education company over alleged predatory lending tactics

After hinting for months that it intends to use its enforcement powers to police lending in the higher education arena, the CFPB dropped the hammer on ITT Educational Services, filing suit against the for-profit college over...more

School-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?

We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements. Our caution includes...more

CFPB Sues For-Profit Educational Institution Over Private Student Loan Origination Practices

On February 26, the CFPB filed its first enforcement action against a for-profit higher-education company, alleging that the company engaged in unfair and abusive private student loan origination practices....more

Critical Limitations Soften Blow Of Seventh Circuit Decision Voiding Indiana School’s Boys Basketball Hair Length Rule

The Seventh Circuit’s decision, which is one of the first of its kind and one of the first decisions addressing hair lengths in schools in decades, has garnered media attention and warrants a close look at hair length...more

Mirabilio v. Regional School District 16: Reduction in Hours v. Termination of Employment

In these fiscal times, school districts are confronted with difficult choices in restructuring their teaching workforce, with districts often having to consider the elimination of teaching positions. A recent court case...more

What is the Difference Between FERPA and PPRA? Protecting Student Privacy and Confidential Education Records

Two important federal laws protect the privacy rights of all students: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, “FERPA” and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. §1232h, “PPRA.” Both...more

York University, Religious Accommodation, and the Absence of Bright Lines

York University caused much controversy earlier this month by agreeing that a male student was not required to meet with female class members in connection with a group project. While the male student’s reason for the request...more

N.J. Court Upholds Criminal Indictment against Former Employee Who Took Confidential Documents

Recently, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld a criminal indictment against a former employee of the North Bergen Board of Education (the Board), which stemmed from the alleged theft of public...more

2014 Brings New School Safety Laws

After seeing a flurry of school safety proposals in 2013, the year ended quietly, with only a handful of school safety bills enacted that will bring relatively modest change. Here is a summary of new school safety laws, which...more

Supreme Court Hears Second Affirmative Action Case This Year

On October 15, only four months after the United States Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an affirmative action program for the University of Texas, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to...more

How Educational Institutions Can Capitalise on Real Estate Assets

With investment pouring into the education sector, academic institutions have never been in a stronger position to capitalise on costly real estate assets to fuel future expansion. Research suggests the public and private...more

No Password for You: California Enacts Social Media Privacy Laws Affecting Employers and Postsecondary Educational Institutions

Addressing a recent hot topic regarding the forced disclosure of social media passwords and/or content as part of the employment application process, California has promptly resolved the issue legislatively. Effective January...more

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