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U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

Attorneys in the Student Disciplinary Process: Requirements, Restrictions and Best Practices

Under the newly revised Clery Act, colleges and universities may not ban lawyers from attending and advising their clients at campus disciplinary proceedings involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and...more

Rethinking the regulation of competency-based education

Over the last several months, my colleague, Chris Murray, and I spent a great deal of time considering the current regulatory challenges facing competency-based education (CBE) and possible strategies that can better...more

Bankruptcy Trustees Target Colleges and Universities

Over the past few years, higher education institutions have seen an increase in litigation from an unexpected source: bankruptcy trustees. Trustees appointed in personal bankruptcy cases are seeking to claw back tuition...more

Seven Things to Know About the Campus Accountability and Safety Act

In recent years, the Obama Administration and the Department of Education have aggressively increased their focus on how colleges and universities address sexual violence and harassment. ...more

Office for Civil Rights Issues New Guidance on Title IX

On April 24, 2015, the United Stated Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL”) regarding Title IX Coordinators and a new Title IX Resource Guide....more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2015 #2

HOUSE - The House of Representatives spent the last two weeks working in committees and trying to get bills passed out of the House prior to the May 1st cross-over deadline. For a bill to be considered during this...more

Illinois Supreme Court OKs Injunctive Suit Against University Trustees

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court disposed of one of the older cases on its advisement docket. A sharply divided Court held in Leetaru v. The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois that a former employee...more

Cordray remarks signal continued CFPB attention to student loan servicing and campus financial products

Student loan servicers and providers of campus financial product were the focus of remarks given yesterday by Director Cordray at the Ohio College Presidents’ Conference. Director Cordray stated that the CFPB estimates that...more

No ‘Gain’? Know Pain: Coming Federal Regulations Could Mean Less Federal Aid for Colleges and Universities

New federal education regulations take effect this summer that could substantially reduce federal aid to community colleges and for-profit colleges whose students fail to meet certain standards for finding “gainful...more

DWT Asked To Serve As Legal Counsel for Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project

Constitution Day 2013 was a pretty bad day for the Constitution on our public university campuses. That was the day that Robert Van Tuinen of Modesto Junior College in California was prevented from passing out copies of the...more

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat...more

BIO Commissioned Study Calculates Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the U.S.

Last month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the release of a BIO commissioned study that estimates the economic impact of academic licensing between 1996 and 2013. The study, entitled "The Economic...more

Justice Department sues university in Oklahoma on behalf of transgender professor

One of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s stated 2015 priorities is applying Title VII’s sex discrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. This focus is illustrated by a recent...more

Managing the Institutional Response to Race-Based Harassment

In recent weeks, several colleges and universities have faced a flurry of high-profile race-based harassment incidents, requiring a thoughtful balance of constitutional and fairness questions while ensuring that students feel...more

Alert: WASC Senior Commission Issues New Guidelines on Third-Party Providers

The WASC Senior College and University Commission ("WSCUC" or "the Commission") has issued a revision of its policy on agreements between accredited institutions and unaccredited entities, such as service providers. ...more

U.S. Senate HELP Committee Releases White Papers on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

On March 23, 2015, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the “HELP Committee”) released staff white papers about the following three issues, as...more

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging that Southeastern Oklahoma State University Discriminated Against Transgender Woman

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southeastern) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) for violating Title VII of the...more

A Review of New York’s Proposed Sexual Violence Legislation – Part 4: Climate Surveys, Training and Implementation

In this, our last, post on New York’s proposed sexual violence legislation, we focus briefly on three remaining aspects of the bill: climate surveys, training and implementation....more

Inside Higher Ed’s 2015 Survey of College & University Presidents

Inside Higher Ed has issued its 2015 Survey of institutional presidents and, as in years past, it makes for very interesting reading. The Survey is based on responses from 647 institutions, including 338 public institutions,...more

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their...more

Generic Top Level Domains Create New Opportunities and New Headaches for Colleges and Universities

For decades, the Internet was limited to a small number of top-level Internet domains, the most common being .com, .org, .net, .edu, and country-specific domains. However, in 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...more

A Review of New York’s Proposed Sexual Violence Legislation – Part 3: Notice of Victim’s Rights

New York’s proposed legislation contains extensive provisions dealing with victims’ rights. Specifically, Section 6442 of the legislation requires adoption of a Victim and Survivor Bill of Rights that provides for the right...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: Electronic Data Breach Of Student Records—The University’s Obligation To Disclose (3/15)

Data security breaches have become unfortunately prevalent amongst higher education institutions. In fact, colleges and universities suffer data breaches at a rate of just over one per week.(1) The Privacy Rights...more

Recent NLRB Grad Student Union Decisions Suggest Interest in Reviewing Brown University

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently released two unpublished decisions that boosted unionization efforts by teaching and research assistants at private universities. The decisions, issued on March 13, 2015,...more

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