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Clarifying the status of Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense to Repayment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

During the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated several complex regulatory packages. Among the most significant and controversial were the Gainful Employment (“GE”) rule,...more

Court finds ethical considerations, not same-sex relationship, determined demotion decision

by McAfee & Taft on

The issue of pretext recently played out in a sex discrimination case in which the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals had to decide whether an employer’s reasons for demoting an employee were legitimate or just a ruse to cover up...more

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Ineffective Remedial Measures...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Institutions are shielded from liability under Title IX when they take timely and reasonable measures in response to claims of sexual harassment. However, institutions can be held liable for subsequent conduct if they fail to...more

Don’t Be Unprepared For Student-On-Student Sexual Assault Allegations

by Fisher Phillips on

Many are aware of the alarming rise in the number of student sexual assaults on college campuses across the country. The May 2015 issue of JAMA Pediatrics reported that one in five women will be the victim of a sexual assault...more

[Webinar] Gainful Employment Disclosures and Student Warnings - March 23rd, 12:00pm Central Time

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

This advanced-level webinar will focus on the new 2017 GE Disclosure Template that all institutions with gainful employment programs must start distributing by April 3, 2017. The webinar will review the content of the...more

Title IX Update - March 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Rescission of Previous Administration’s Guidance Relating to Transgender Students - On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter rescinding the...more

Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Reversed by Departments of Education and Justice

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 22, 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter that formally rescinded the Obama administration’s interpretation of transgender student rights as an extension of Title...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Prior Department of Education Interpretations Regarding Title IX Protections Afforded to...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague” letter yesterday withdrawing and rescinding the Obama Administration’s prior guidance letters which instructed schools that...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

by Ruder Ware on

On February 22, 2017, one day before briefs were submitted to the Supreme Court in a case involving a transgender student in Pennsylvania, the Trump Administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department...more

Title IX and Due Process: University Enrollment as Property Interest in DOE v. ALGER

Tuition-wise, public universities have long been considered a better option than private schools, and in Doe v. Alger, a federal court in Virginia held that public university tuition may bring an additional bonus, that being...more

Will the New Administration Trump Columbia University?

by Saul Ewing LLP on

GOP Reacts Swiftly to NLRB General Counsel’s Memorandum Regarding the Status of Division I Scholarship Football Players at Private Universities - In a memorandum dated January 31, 2017, National Labor Relations Board...more

The NLRB Throws a Flag on NCAA Division I Football and Explains Some Rules to Colleges and Universities

In an official memorandum entitled “General Counsel’s Report on the Statutory Rights of University Faculty and Students in the Unfair Labor Practice Context,” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard...more

FTC and DeVry University Settle False Advertising Claims for $100M

In December 2016, DeVry University agreed to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations stemming from DeVry’s advertising about the employment rates and salaries of its...more

Professor Terminated For Relationship With Admitted Student Allowed to Move Forward With Title IX Retaliation Claim

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A former non-tenured professor at the University of North Texas has filed suit claiming that he was fired in retaliation for his participation, as the accused, in a campus investigation of a graduate student’s sexual...more

Title IX Update: January 2017 - Recent Title IX Developments

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet’s Title IX team assists educational institutions in Title IX compliance. The team’s primary focus includes assisting with Title IX complaint investigations and serving as adjudicators. The team also provides...more

Universities and Colleges Must be Vigilant When Certifying Student Loans

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In Jackson v. Univ. of N. Texas, et. al., the University of North Texas (“UNT”) and various student loan companies faced allegations of improper oversight of student loan certifications and claims submissions in violation of...more

University of Wisconsin Announces Data Breach of Law School Applicants

Last week, the University of Wisconsin Law School notified 1,213 applicants from 2005-2006 that their names and Social Security numbers were breached back in November. The University discovered that a hacker gained access to...more

CFPB releases report on college credit card agreements and compliance bulletin

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB released its annual report on college credit card agreements (the fifth issued by the CFPB), together with a compliance bulletin regarding the obligation of colleges and universities under the CARD Act to publicly...more

Supporting Undocumented Students in High School and College

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the wake of the presidential election, we have experienced a noticeable increase in the number of inquiries from both our K-12 and higher education clients concerning the unique and complex issues facing undocumented youth...more

Employers haunted by Halloween

by FordHarrison on

Happy Halloween! We hope you are getting only treats today and no tricks. But in keeping with the holiday spirit, today’s post highlights some unintended tricks employers may face from Halloween. ...more

The NLRB Recognizes Student-Employees: The Effect of Columbia University on Private Universities

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) held in a 3-1 decision that undergraduate and graduate student assistants at private colleges and universities are employees under Section 2(3) of the...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

NLRB Allows Student Assistants to Unionize, Signals Commitment to Expanding Its Reach

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “the Board”) reversed standing precedent and held that student assistants at private universities, including both graduate and undergraduate teaching and research...more

ITT Tech Closes Its Doors – What it Means for You and Your Student Loans

by John Skiba on

ITT Technical Institute announced on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 their plans to shut down all of their remaining campuses. The decision comes as the U.S. Education Department announced the previous week they would no...more

NLRB issues two key decisions affecting higher ed

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On August 23, the National Labor Relations Board issued several decisions affecting unionization rights at private universities. In the first of these, Columbia University, the Board held that graduate and undergraduate...more

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