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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

Fifth Circuit Upholds the Use of Race in Admissions at the University of Texas

For a second time, the Fifth Circuit dismissed Abigail Fisher’s claim against the University of Texas at Austin (the “University”), holding that the University’s admissions policy, including the use of race as a factor,...more

IPO Names Top 100 Patenting Universities

The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) recently published a list of the top 100 universities worldwide granted patents in 2013. As reported in the IP Record, these universities are...more

Race-Based Admissions and Assignment Policies Survive Another Legal Challenge in Fisher v. University of Texas

Last year, I blogged about the impact of a higher education Supreme Court diversity case, Fisher v. University of Texas on K-12 schools. As discussed in that blog, although the decision was a higher education decision, it...more

Congress Investigates Intercollegiate Athletics: Are You Ready?

Recently the United States Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes. The hearing’s purpose was to examine whether the...more

GPM Labor & Higher Ed Teams Assist St. Thomas in Landmark Union Election Result

Adjunct faculty members at the University of St. Thomas Monday voted overwhelmingly against union representation by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284. ...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Changes to Clery Act Reporting Procedures and Requirements

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued important guidance to colleges and universities on their responsibilities to comply with changes to the Clery Act made by the amendment to the Violence Against...more

University of Texas’s Use of Race In Student Admissions Survives Another Legal Hurdle

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided this week that the University of Texas’s consideration of race as a factor among many factors for college and university admissions is legally permissible in Fisher v....more

Federal Judge Dismisses Claim against University; Failure to Appropriately Monitor Docket Not Excusable Neglect

A federal trial court in D.C. recently dismissed the Amended Complaint of a former professor at the University of the District of Columbia ("UDC" or "University") due to his failure to timely oppose a Motion to Dismiss,...more

Fifth Circuit Issues Important Ruling on Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Earlier this week, in Fisher v. University of Texas, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the undergraduate admissions program at the University of Texas at...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

Guidance Regarding Compliance with Changes to Clery Act Made by VAWA Before Final Regulations Become Effective

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (DOE) released guidance designed to assist institutions of higher education in determining how to comply with the Violence Against Women...more

Who Got It Right?

Gallaudet University Chief Diversity Officer Angela McCaskill’s job was to promote a diverse and inclusive university community. Not only was she the institution’s first chief diversity officer, she was the first black, deaf...more

Sex Discrimination--No debate. Decision to hire male professor not gender discrimination

Famous college football player and coach Bear Bryant is credited with saying, “I didn’t have a thing to do with picking a coach, and didn’t want to. But I didn’t think they’d pick one I didn’t like.” Bryant’s statement...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

Amicus Briefs Submitted to NLRB on Appeal of Northwestern University Decision

As previously noted in this blog, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has sought amicus curiae briefing in the Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association matter on review of the NLRB Regional...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

Business Court Refuses To Admit University Of Maryland's Lawyers On A Pro Hac Basis

The lawsuit filed by the Atlantic Coast Conference against the University of Maryland continues to percolate in the North Carolina Business Court. But the University will have to proceed without its chosen attorneys, as the...more

Who pays when the authorities come calling? Syracuse Univ. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, P.A.

With the seemingly endless stream of federal and state investigations implicating institutions of higher education, a recent New York decision offers a glimmer of hope to those schools that find themselves in the cross-hairs....more

Foreign Tax-Exempt Organizations Exempt from Withholding Tax

Investment funds, including private equity funds, often receive capital contributions from tax-exempt organizations. These tax-exempt institutions may include U.S. and foreign pension funds, as well as U.S. and foreign...more

Uptick in Hazing-Related Incidents Provides Sobering Reminder of Potential Claims Against Colleges and Universities

Across the United States there has been a recent surge of injuries — and deaths — resulting from hazing and initiation rites led by student organizations. These tragic events have produced lawsuits and investigations into...more

Proposed Regulations Regarding Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act Impose Significant New Obligations on Colleges and...

On June 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued proposed regulations regarding Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. While the final regulations may possibly differ in some respects, we recommend...more

Supreme Court Asked If State Universities Are Exempt From Claims Under the False Claims Act

A professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the standard for imposing liability on state universities (and their related entities, such as hospitals and...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

Supreme Court Deals Affirmative Action Another Blow, But Impact on Colleges and Universities Likely Limited

The U.S. Supreme Court continued its decade-long interest in the role of affirmative action in the higher education admissions process, and decided to uphold a state law banning the practice. In Schuette v. Coalition to...more

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