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Michigan Passes Student-Athlete Union Ban

Michigan is poised to officially ban student-athletes at public colleges and universities from forming or joining a labor union. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the recently passed bill into law by the end of the year. ...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Take the Test [Video]

Dec. 11, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Columbia Law School is giving students "traumatized" by the recent grand jury decisions related to the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown the option to postpone their final exams, but...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

Student Injury Case: Did the Governmental Immunity Defense Just Get Weaker?

Predictable horseplay and a metal locker with an exposed, jagged and rusty edge may be enough evidence for a jury to conclude that school officials had a “clear and unequivocal duty to act immediately to prevent harm” to...more

How to project gainful employment rates – Part 2

As discussed in our previous post, the U.S. Department of Education recently promulgated its new “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations, which prominently feature two metrics intended to assess whether a program offers a...more

Blog: How Student Privacy and California’s SOPIPA May Affect You

California recently passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (“SOPIPA” a.k.a. “so-peep’-ah”), which is the first state law to comprehensively address student privacy and will be effective January 1, 2016....more

Where to Draw the Line With Undercover FBI Operations

Several news publications have been making much ado about a tactic the FBI used in 2007 to locate an individual suspected in a series of bomb-threats to Washington state high schools. The FBI created a fake news article,...more

Let’s Go To The Videotape: Can School Security Videos Be Subject To Disclosure Under FOIA?

School districts usually deny requests to view school video recordings, such as security tapes, in light of concerns about the privacy rights of students featured on these recordings. In a recent decision, the Freedom of...more

Florida High Court to Decide Duties Owed by Public School Regarding Automated External Defibrillator

On October 6, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving whether a public school owes a duty to maintain, make available, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a student athlete who...more

Health Care Reform Challenges for Educational Institutions

Educational institutions will face some unique challenges as the Affordable Care Act's “employer shared responsibility” requirement becomes effective next year. Beginning January 1, 2015, large employers that do not offer...more

Three Local School Districts Cancel Football Seasons Due to Hazing Allegations

Bullying is one of the fastest growing issues affecting schools across the country today. In the last month, three local high schools have taken a somewhat unprecedented approach in an effort to tackle problems of hazing in...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #2

..Bad chords. A European musician’s attempt to stop a negative concert review from continuing to appear in Internet search results is raising questions about whether the EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling could prevent the...more

MIT 2014 Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault

More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students responded, or about 35% of the institution’s total student population. (This 35% consisted of 46% of surveyed undergraduate females, 35% of undergraduate males, 37% of...more

Searching Student Smart Phones in The Wake of Riley V. California

In the recent, landmark case of Riley v. California, the United States Supreme Court held that the police may not search digital data on the cell phone of an arrestee without a warrant, reasoning that smart phones not only...more

The 'Rents: NCDOT Is Looking to Charge Rents, While Residential Tenants Are Denied Class Certification to Collect Rent Deposits

We've been quiet these past few weeks but the world has not been. We'd like to talk today about two entirely unrelated but fascinatingly fun topics: (1) the North Carolina Department of Transportation's ("NCDOT") idea to...more

Student Employees under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate

Effective January 1, 2015, colleges and universities will need to comply with the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which will have particular implications involving certain student employees. The employer...more

California Enacts New Data Privacy Legislation

California is once again initiating significant changes to protect informational privacy in the digital world. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several pieces of legislation in an attempt to protect individuals against...more

CFPB Report Finds Distressed Private Student Loan Borrowers Driven Into Default

On October 16, the CFPB released a report highlighting complaints by struggling private student loan borrowers who describe being driven into default....more

School Districts: School Districts’ Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Under Scrutiny – Is Your District In...

The media stories being published across the nation criticizing schools for their failure to respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence against students serve as a warning to other school districts to consider whether...more

Court Denies Motion for Proportionality, Suggests Other Methods to Save Time and Money (Nebraska)

United States v. Univ. of Nebraska at Kearney, 2014 WL 4215381 (D. Neb. Aug. 25, 2014). In this housing discrimination case, the plaintiff sought an expanded scope of discovery through a motion to compel. The plaintiff...more

Fighting for Education Rights: Equal Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students [Video]

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West, Angelica Salceda is working at the ACLU of Northern California to ensure that pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley schools are afforded...more

California Passes Student Data Privacy Law

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed a bill into law that mandates the protection of the personal data of school children that use online educational programs. The Student Online Personal Information...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Files Third Annual Report Highlighting Bureau’s Hot Button Issues in Student Lending

The CFPB released its third Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints....more

Proposed Transgender Student-Athlete Policy Sparks Public Controversy in Minnesota

It looks like transgender students in Minnesota will have to wait a few more months to receive clarity on whether they can participate in school athletics and play on sports teams based on their preferred gender identity...more

Boston Ordinances Proposed to Address Student-Athlete Safety and Scholarships - Ordinances May Lead Other Cities and States to...

The Boston City Council has entered the ongoing national debates and reform efforts concerning collegiate student-athlete issues, including safety and scholarships. Colleges and universities across the United States, athletic...more

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