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Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- University Community Joint Comment

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

U.S. Department of Education Publishes Final Campus Security Rules

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published final regulations implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), including the Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE). The regulations were...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

Alert: Major Changes in California's Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals...more

Aggie-ravating Trademark Issues with College Mascots

Colleges serve an important role in American society, providing education, experience and leadership to each new generation. Also, sports. And did I mention SPORTS? Regardless of the reason (cable?), college sports have...more

Critical first steps when preparing for a U.S. Department of Education program review

The U.S. Department of Education has made a concerted effort in recent years to increase the number of program reviews conducted annually at both for-profit and non-profit institutions. In a prior post, we provided a short...more

Department of Education Issues Final Regulations on Campus Sex Offense Reporting and Training, While Leaving Some Key Issues...

On Monday, the Department of Education published final regulations on how colleges and universities should prevent, report, and respond to sexual offenses on campus. These regulations interpret changes recently made by...more

Court Rules Against Georgia State University in E-Reserves Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in the Georgia State e-reserves copyright case on October 17, 2014. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded to the District Court...more

Update on Ebola For Colleges and Universities

Back in September, we reported that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had issued guidance to colleges and universities on how to respond to the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The guidance included suggested precautions...more

California Adopts Unprecedented “Yes Means Yes” Law, Changing the Way Colleges Must Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed SB967, the so-called “Yes Means Yes” bill into law, effectively changing the definition of “consent” for sexual partners on California...more

Fourth Circuit Says Courts Retain Jurisdiction Over Retaliation Claim Linked to Untimely EEOC Discrimination Charge

In order to sue for employment discrimination under Title VII, plaintiffs must first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within a certain time period after the last alleged...more

Georgia State Academic Fair Use Decision Vacated by 11th Circuit: A (Relatively) Quick Read for the Busy Practitioner

Last Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the Northern District of Georgia’s 350-page fair use analysis of the electronic reserves practices at Georgia State University (“GSU”). Although this...more

U.S. Department of Education Promulgates Final Regulations Implementing Recent Clery Act Amendments

The U.S. Department of Education has issued final regulations implementing changes made to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“the Clery Act”) by Section 304 of the Violence...more

Higher Education Compliance and the Scourge of Campus Sexual Assaults

Chief Compliance Officers who lament the challenges of their jobs should be thankful they are not in charge of compliance for higher education institutions. The culture of compliance has extended into many high-risk areas but...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

Former OSU Band Director Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Terminated By University

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused (by both complainants and alleged wrongdoers) of mishandling complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment in violation of Title...more

Court Affirms $3M Jury Award In Illinois Whistleblower Action

On August 28, 2014, Judge James McCarthy issued a decision in Crawley v. Chicago State University, Case No. 10 L 12657 (Cook County, Ill., Law Div.), affirming payment of over $3 million to Plaintiff James Crowley...more

The impact of new gainful employment regulations on… Harvard?

As many in higher education are aware, on March 25 of this year, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations concerning what it terms “gainful employment” or “GE” programs. In the Department’s view, these...more

Why colleges in bankruptcy should have access to federal financial aid

With the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) in full swing, the time is ripe for Congress to reconsider current laws prohibiting postsecondary institutions that declare bankruptcy from participating in the...more

Title IX And Sexual Assault On Campus

In January this year, President Obama created the Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault to provide colleges and universities with recommendations to prevent and respond to sexual assault and enhance efforts to...more

“Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity” — NACAC Amends Statement of Principles and Issues Guide for Use of International...

Last September, during its 2013 National Conference, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) approved a change to its Statement of Principles of Good Practice that would allow member colleges and...more

Governor Andrew Cuomo Proposes Plan to Combat Sexual Assault on SUNY Campuses

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York are the latest players to join the nation-wide movement to reduce the number of sexual assaults occurring at the country’s colleges and universities. On Thursday, October 2,...more

Whistleblower verdict upheld against Chicago State University

A Cook County judge recently upheld the verdict in a whistleblower case against Chicago State University. In February 2014, former university employee James Crowley told a jury that Chicago State fired him after he reported...more

Restructuring in Higher Education

Since 2011, there have been an increasing number of restructurings in higher education. What may have started with the foreclosure and sale of ATI Schools and Colleges has continued this year with last month’s conversion of...more

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