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Recent DOJ Settlement Agreement Offers Valuable Guidance Regarding Mandatory Medical Leaves of Absence

A recent settlement agreement entered into between the Educational Opportunities Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, and the University of Tennessee provides some useful insight into what...more

New Jersey Joins Growing Number of States in Implementing Measures to Curb Student Suicide

On August 1, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act, which requires institutions of higher education to ensure that mental health counselors are available to students 24 hours...more

Sexual Misconduct Investigations in Higher Ed Facing Scrutiny by Courts for Gender Bias

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Doe v. Columbia University, recently handed down a significant decision regarding potential claims of parties accused of sexual assault or other offenses under university...more

Judge seals transcript of Title IX hearing

A federal judge in North Carolina sealed a transcript of a University of North Carolina (UNC) hearing to determine whether the plaintiff was responsible for committing sexual acts without consent. In the case in question, the...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

Intellectual Property and You: The University Edition

It may be July, but school is still in session. In this blog, I'll discuss another common but mysterious topic: intellectual property ownership, specifically in the university setting. Universities sponsor research, encourage...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

Highlights of New York State Guidance on N.Y. Education Law Article 129-B

On June 2, 2016, the New York State Education Department and the New York State Office of Campus Safety published a 52-page joint guidance document (“Guidance”) on New York Education Law Article 129-B (“the Law”), also often...more

Transgender Student Issues – The FEDs Speak, But Is It Really News In Connecticut?

On May 13, 2016, with much fanfare, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” [“DCL”] in order to provide guidance for school districts with...more

The Rise of “Reverse Title-IX” Lawsuits – Do Colleges and Universities Have Anything to Fear?

Recently, Judge Gregory Woods of the Southern District of New York dismissed a Title IX lawsuit against Columbia University, asserting “reverse Title-IX” lawsuits do not constitute sex-based discrimination....more

Africa Update - October 2015 #4

Leading the News - Tanzania: On October 25th, voters in Tanzania went to the polls to vote for a candidate to replace outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who was unable to run for a third term under the country’s...more

Graduate Students or Employees? NLRB to Weigh In (Again)

Last week the National Labor Relations Board decided to reconsider whether graduate teaching assistants at private universities should be treated as employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The case, The New School,...more

Alert: Pending Rulemaking Likely to Expand Borrower Defenses Against Repaying Federal Direct Loans

The US Department of Education (ED) is preparing for a new rulemaking that is intended to clarify—and very likely expand—the ability of student borrowers to be relieved of the obligation to repay their Federal Direct Loans....more

Court of Appeals Rules that Kansas University Cannot Expel Accused Student for Off-Campus Sexual Misconduct

To what extent can an institution discipline a student for off-campus behavior directed at another student vis-à-vis the Internet? This issue was addressed in a recent case involving the University of Kansas (the...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #3

On October 17th, members of the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council urged all Libyan parties to endorse and sign the recently finalized political agreement for the creation of a Government of National Accord. The Security...more

Making Bad Choices: Title IX, Title VII and Ludlow V. Northwestern University

A prior post considered the case of Ha v. Northwestern University, in which the plaintiff claimed that Northwestern had violated Title IX by insufficiently disciplining one of its professors, Peter Ludlow, despite concluding...more

NLRB Ruling on Northwestern Football Players Highlights Need for Congressional Action on College Sports

In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or "the Board") unanimously ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to decide whether college football players at Northwestern University are "employees" under the National Labor...more

Six Points That Any Buyer of Student Housing Should Consider

Student housing is attractive to investors, especially at much sought-after universities with growing enrollments. Unlike a traditional multifamily transaction, a student housing deal places great importance not only on the...more

Bad Science Makes Bad Policy on Campus Rapes

The federal requirements for responding to campus rape has garnered much criticism for lack of due process, presumption of guilt, and discrimination against men. Recent reports indicate that it also is based on bad science....more

Alert: DOJ Puts Pressure on Schools and Ed Techs to Provide Accessible Educational Technology

In our last alert on the growing interaction between ed tech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice ("DOJ") appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to...more

Hidden Risks? What Liability Can Private Colleges and Universities Have for Their Student Newspapers and Publications?

It is well-settled that public institutions are generally not liable for statements made by their student publications because the First Amendment prohibits them from exercising control over such publications. See, e.g.,...more

Second Circuit Decisions in Glatt and Wang Likely Preserve Essential Internship Opportunities

On July 2, 2015, in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures and Wang v. The Hearst Corporation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals addressed when unpaid interns are “employees” entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor...more

Alert: No 11th Hour Reprieve: GE Rules Upheld

With a second court ruling in late June in favor of the U.S. Department of Education, the Gainful Employment Rules ("GE Rules") took effect on July 1, 2015. The GE Rules will, ultimately, provide new challenges to the...more

MA Issues Regulations on Earned Sick Time for Student Workers and Faculty - Attorney General's Office Releases Final Regulations...

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (M.G.L. ch. 149, §148C), takes effect today, July 1, 2015. In broad terms, the law obligates covered Massachusetts employers to provide certain paid sick leave benefits to covered...more

Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act – Part 4 of 4: If students are employees, how are their hours counted?

In our prior installments, we determined that students who work at least 30 hours per week for their educational institutions are “full time” employees of those institutions under the Affordable care Act’s employer shared...more

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