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Private Hospital Collaborating with State College Not “State Actor” for Section 1983 Purposes When Dismissing Trainee

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Private hospitals commonly associate with public entities in running a variety of programs. These collaborations raise the question in civil rights litigation of whether and when the private hospital is a state actor. Under...more

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights’ jurisdiction in Title IX cases

The Issue - The Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) jurisdiction is broad. If an institution receives federal funds, to include student financial aid and grants, it is subject to Title IX and OCR’s authority. The most public, and...more

Takeaways from OCR’s Interim Guidance on Title IX

On September 22, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced guidance describing how OCR will assess Title IX compliance while formal regulations are developed. This interim guidance, plus guidance issued by OCR in...more

The Department of Education Issues New Guidance For Title IX Proceedings

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (the OCR) issued a new Dear Colleague Letter officially withdrawing the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the April 29,...more

Bad Idea: Attorney’s Fees And The High Cost Of Ignoring Stay Put In M.R. & J.R. V. Ridley School District

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit calls to mind an automobile repair chain’s erstwhile slogan: “Pay me now, or pay me later,” although in this case, the more applicable variation...more

Clear and Convincing: DOE v. Jackson, Devos, and the future of campus sexual misconduct investigations

On September 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, announced that the United States Department of Education intended to revisit the “Dear Colleague” letter that the Department’s Office for Civil Rights, or “OCR,”...more

Lawsuit Claiming Gender Bias in Title IX Investigation Allowed to Go Forward

• A federal court in Ohio has held that published writings of a university Title IX administrator provide sufficient evidence of bias to permit a civil suit by a penalized student to go forward. • Denial of equitable...more

Students’ Privacy Claims Fail to Upend School District’s Transgender Restroom Policy

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, 2017 WL 3675418 (E.D. Pa. 2017) (A Pennsylvania federal court denied a motion for a preliminary injunction in a case brought by four students (plaintiffs) in opposition to school policy...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Court Review: Mixed Bag For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 2016-17 Supreme Court term was truly a mixed bag for employers. The Court limited presidential power, reined in the appellate courts’ authority to review and overturn trial court decisions regarding EEOC subpoenas,...more

Stick to the Script: The Consequences of Mishandling Sexual Misconduct Investigations in Doe v. Skidmore College

It would seem fairly self-evident that when a college or university establishes procedures for handling sexual misconduct claims, it should actually follow them. That, however, was not the case in Matter of John Doe v....more

Cutting Class: Teachers’ Motion For Class Certification Denied In Race Discrimination Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Four African-American teachers alleged that their school district employer discriminated against them on the basis of race by failing to hire them as assistant principals, and filed a motion for class...more

Canary in a Coal Mine: Analyzing Title IX, OCR, and On-Campus Sexual Misconduct Adjudications in Plummer v. University of Houston

It is unusual for a dissenting opinion to be more noteworthy than the majority’s holding, yet that is the case in Plummer v. University of Houston, a decision recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

IDEA Exhaustion is Alive and Well: Applying Fry in Graham v. Friedlander

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has issued what might be the first decision in the country applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent test for determining whether a party is required to exhaust the administrative...more

Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a school...more

Title IX Update - July 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Office for Civil Rights Indicates Changes to Investigation Protocols - The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly released an internal memorandum indicating a change to its investigation...more

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

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

Seventh Circuit Affirms Likelihood of Success that School’s Bathroom Policy Violates Title IX and Equal Protection Clause

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed that a transgender student demonstrated a likelihood of success on claims that his school district’s decision to prohibit him from using the boys’ restroom violated both Title...more

School District Can’t Stop Transgender Student from Using Restroom of Choice - Federal Appeals Court Upholds Temporary Injunction...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For years, California law has required school districts to allow a student to use restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity no matter what gender is listed on the pupil’s records. However, a case decided...more

New Federal Court Interpretation for Transgender Protections

by Barley Snyder on

In a decision that could have significant implications in the ongoing tug-of-war in the scope of protection afforded transgender individuals under federal law, a holding this week from a federal appeals court applied a novel...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

Avoid Delays in Responding to Behavioral Concerns in Education

by Barley Snyder on

A recent federal court decision serves as an important reminder to local education agencies (LEAs) about flexibility and the need to deviate from customary practice when students exhibit significant behavioral issues....more

Employees in Educational Programs: Expanded Options for Suits

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers who are operating educational programs or activities – whether inside or outside educational institutions – take note: a recent court decision adds to a split in the federal appellate courts by allowing employees...more

Special Education Tip - Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on the FAPE Standard - 42-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

We have been eagerly awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. On March 22, 2017, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that to meet its substantive obligation under...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 7th Circuit's Landmark Anti-Gay Discrimination Ruling

by Payne & Fears on

On April 4, 2017, an en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal Court of Appeals to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on...more

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