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Office for Civil Rights Issues New Instructions on Transgender Student Complaints

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Changing course on complaints involving transgender students, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new field instructions to its regional staff excluding discrimination claims based...more

New York Institutions: Annual Certificates of Compliance With Education Law Articles 129-A and 129-B Due at NYSED by July 1

It’s that time of year again! Just a friendly reminder that New York colleges and universities must file their Article 129-A and Article 129-B of the Education Law Certification of Compliance with the New York State Education...more

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

Younger Abstention in Title IX Litigation: A Tale of Two Outcomes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a district court decision holding that the federal trial court must abstain from judicial review of an ongoing disciplinary proceeding against a student at...more

Six years after Penn State, has college athletics really reformed its crisis response?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2011, the world of higher education — and the entire nation — was rocked by the shocking revelation of the criminal actions of longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Equally shocking was the reaction...more

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...more

Top 100 Universities Worldwide Granted U.S. Patents in 2016

The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association released a report last week on the top 100 universities worldwide granted patents in 2016. Overall, universities were granted 6,768 patents;...more

City Colleges of Chicago Will Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

College Refused to Hire Adjunct Professor for Full-Time Position Because of Her Age, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - City Colleges of Chicago will pay $60,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...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

Eleventh Amendment Revisited – Board Again Finds Sovereign Immunity Applies to PTAB

by Jones Day on

Less than four months after its decision in Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Incorporated, finding that Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity applies to PTAB proceedings, the Board has again dismissed...more

School Districts Taking Advantage of New H-1B Cap Exemption Regulations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With the increased focus on foreign language programs — particularly the popularity of immersion programs in which the foreign language is used for instruction rather than as the subject of instruction—schools districts are...more

Grant and cooperative-agreement recipients: Are your procurement standards compliant yet?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Local governments, Native American tribes, institutions of higher education, or non-profit organizations (including health care organizations) that receive grants or cooperative agreements (or part of either type of Federal...more

Is the NCAA Out of Bounds on Academics?

An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question: Who is responsible for...more

Partial Victories to Two Universities in Their Motions to Dismiss Code Section 403(b) Fee Litigation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Multiple large, class action lawsuits have been filed against prominent higher education institutions claiming fiduciary breaches under their Code Section 403(b) plans as a result of insufficient oversight of plan...more

Update On University Section 403(B) Cases: Inconsistent Rulings

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b)...more

Blog: Assessing Kaplan-Purdue – Revolution or Evolution??

by Cooley LLP on

The announcement that Purdue University, a Big Ten public institution, has agreed to acquire Kaplan University, a 30,000-student for-profit online institution, has sent shock waves across the entire higher education...more

SEIU Local 500 Withdraws Petition to Represent Resident Advisors at George Washington University

On May 2, 2017, SEIU Local 500 made a request to Region Five of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) to withdraw its petition to represent a bargaining unit of Resident Advisors (“RAs”) at George Washington University....more

New Case Lends Support to the Position that Public Universities Are Immune from False Claims Act Liability

Public universities have a new case to add to their defense arsenal should they find themselves as a defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) case. On April 11, 2017, in United States et al v. Oregon Health and Sciences...more

Sovereign immunity shields university from inventorship dispute

by Hogan Lovells on

In a case involving medical methods invented by two Nobel laureates, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that sovereign immunity prevents a third researcher from pursuing his claim of co-inventorship...more

NLRB Region Five Rules that Resident Advisors at George Washington University are Employees Who May Unionize

On April 21, 2017, the Acting Regional Director of Region Five of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a Decision and Direction of Election holding that Resident Advisors (“RAs”) at George Washington University...more

Campus Sexual Assault Investigations Need Greater Fairness for All Parties, Trial Lawyers Group Says

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) has released a White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations aimed at improving the process employed by universities to address campus sexual assaults....more

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

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017....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

The District of Oregon Rules That the United States May Not Pursue False Claims Act Litigation Against State Entities

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon held that the United States may not pursue False Claims Act (FCA) litigation against an arm of the State and dismissed the FCA claims in the...more

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