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New Title IX Guidance Issued by White House

As part of the “Not Alone” campaign focusing on preventing sexual assault and violence, the White House released new guidance documents as part of “It’s On Us,” a new education campaign that seeks to “engage college students...more

Section 230 Does Not Apply to Allegations that Website for Models Failed to Warn Plaintiff About Potential for Rape

The 9th Circuit earlier this month decided that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, does not bar claims that a networking website for models failed to warn a member that a third party might use the...more

Discipline as Defamation: Title IX, Disciplinary Panels, and The Risks of Righteousness in The Wake of Wells V. Xavier and Harris...

LR-college-campus_med_rgbTwo recent court rulings illustrate some of the perils facing university administrators when handling internal disciplinary complaints against students who have been alleged to have committed...more

Levick Monthly - September, 2014, Edition 14: GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

In This Issue: - GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down - PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Campus Sexual Assault: Can Congress Compel Colleges To Act? - CORPORATE & REPUTATION - Police Militarization: The Problem...more

NCAA Passes Resolution Seeking To Clarify The Role of Athletic Departments in Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

On August 08, 2014, the Executive Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) passed a resolution (the “Resolution”) addressing how athletic departments should handle cases of sexual misconduct...more

Sexual Harassment Training Can Help Mitigate The Risk Of Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

Let me begin this post by saying, War Eagle! (It is football season…). Football and silliness aside, I am an Auburn fan because I attended Auburn University. I graduated last year and sometimes I wish I could have done five...more

Tips for gathering Clery statistics for this year’s report

Managing compliance with Title IX and the Jean Clery Act has been on many an administrator’s mind of late, and rightly so. In recent months, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has through...more

Title IX Compliance

In the past few months, we have reported on how sixty-eight higher education institutions throughout the nation have made it onto the U.S. Department of Education’s public list of colleges and universities that are currently...more

Obama Executive Order Places New Burdens and Restrictions on Federal Contractors

In an unwelcome, mid-summer surprise for the business community, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order on Thursday July 31, 2014 requiring federal contractors to report violations of federal...more

U.S Senate Proposes New Bill Aimed at Curbing Campus Sexual Assault

Last week, a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators unveiled legislation aimed at decreasing the number of sexual assaults occurring on college and university campuses across the nation. The proposed legislation, titled the...more

Bipartisan Senate Legislation Introduced To Address Campus Sexual Assaults

Yesterday, eight U.S. senators introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, a bill that proposes to amend the Higher Education Act and the Clery Act to include new requirements for addressing sexual violence on...more

UPDATE: UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

We recently reported that five former and current students filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Connecticut (“UConn”) alleging discrimination and that the university failed to properly investigate claims of rape...more

Report Shows Colleges Don’t Do Enough to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence

On July 9, a U.S. congressional subcommittee issued a report that assessed how colleges and universities are doing in reporting, investigating and responding to sexual violence. Senator Claire McCaskill commissioned the...more

Wells v. Xavier University: Investigating Campus Sexual Assaults and The Perils of Predetermination Under Title IX

The recent wave of Title IX complaints filed with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights [“OCR”], claiming that colleges and universities were either ignoring or mishandling reports of sexual...more

Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence: Five Key Questions That Have Actually Been Answered – and Five New Questions - Supreme Court Asked If State Universities Are Exempt From...more

Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence: Five Key Questions That Have Actually Been Answered – and Five New...

On April 29, 2014, the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education (“OCR”) issued a “significant guidance document” that sought to address many of the questions that arose in the wake of the April 4,...more

First Circuit Addresses Definition of “You” in Liability Policy

In its recent decision in Metropolitan Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. McCarthy, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 10622 (1st Cir. June 5, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, applying Maine law, had occasion to...more

Recent Federal Guidance On Title IX And Sexual Violence

Over the last several weeks, colleges and universities have been inundated with new Title IX and sexual violence guidance and enforcement decisions to digest. First, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights...more

New Minnesota Law Should Prompt Employers To Review and Modify Employee Handbooks and Practices

This week, the Minnesota Governor signed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”) into law. The WESA makes a sweeping variety of changes and additions to Minnesota law aimed at protecting women’s economic security. These...more

Key Takeaways From Recent Reports On The Federal Government’s Efforts To Combat Sexual Assault On Campus

The Federal Government’s campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses took a significant step forward on April 29, 2014, with the simultaneous release of a White House task force report setting forth a multi-pronged...more

Responsible Employees and Title IX

Under Title IX, the concept of “responsible employee” has a great deal of significance, as recently reaffirmed by OCR in its Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence (Q&A), and previously reported in this blog....more

Sexual Harassment Training is Just One Component of Protecting Your Business: Remember CONSENT

If the EEOC called you today and said they were coming over to investigate how you handle complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, how would you feel? Is sweat beading on your brow just thinking about it?...more

New York Assembly Passes Bill Limiting Contractors’ Use Of Arbitration Provisions

On May 5, 2014, the New York Assembly passed a bill limiting the use of arbitration provisions for employment claims by businesses that contract with New York State. The bill would prohibit New York state agencies from...more

White House Issues Guidance for Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

The White House is urging colleges and universities to take a more proactive approach to protecting students from sexual assault and recently announced new actions and guidelines in the first report of the White House Task...more

General Assembly Passes Campus Sexual Assault Bill

On April 29, 2014, the State Senate unanimously passed House Bill 5029, An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. Two weeks earlier the House of Representatives passed the same...more

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