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Secretary DeVos Announces Changes to Title IX Directives Regarding Campus Sexual Misconduct Allegations

by K&L Gates LLP on

n Thursday, September 7, 2017, Department of Education Secretary DeVos announced that the Department will launch a notice-and-comment process to incorporate the “insights of all parties” in creating new directives that govern...more

Secretary DeVos’s September 7, 2017 Remarks on Title IX Enforcement Extol Equity and Transparency, Raise New Questions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s hotly anticipated remarks on the future of Title IX enforcement, given yesterday at George Mason University, announced the intention of the Department of Education to overhaul the way it...more

Plans To ‘Reframe’ Title IX Enforcement Announced

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration believes that Obama-era guidance regarding sexual assault on college campuses created a “failed system” that was a “disservice to everyone involved,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on September...more

U.S. Department of Education to Rescind Subregulatory Guidance on Sexual Violence and Issue New Regulations

In remarks yesterday, United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education plans to initiate a public comment period to begin the process of adopting new regulations on campus sexual...more

Title IX Compliance: NCAA Adopts Sexual Violence Prevention Policy

In August, a formal sexual violence prevention policy was adopted by the NCAA Board of Governors. College coaches, student-athletes, and athletics administrators must now complete education each year in sexual violence...more

NAIS and TABS Release Their First Task Force Report on Addressing Educator Sexual Misconduct

by Littler on

On August 22, 2017, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) released their first joint report on sexual misconduct in independent schools. The report can be found...more

Education Department Signals Possible Changes To Sexual Misconduct Dear Colleague Letter

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has suggested that it is considering significant changes to or rescission of the April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter on schools’ obligations to respond to sexual misconduct...more

Eight United States Senators Implore NCAA To Adopt ‘Uniform Policy’ On Sexual Assault

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On the heels of the NCAA’s Board of Governor’s recent policy announcement requiring college coaches, athletics administrators and student-athletes to be educated in sexual violence prevention, eight United States Senators...more

New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted By National Collegiate Athletic Association

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Coaches, athletics administrators, and student-athletes must be educated in sexual violence prevention under a policy adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors on August 8, 2017....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

Investigating Sexual Assaults at School: Changes on the Horizon

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

We are closely monitoring the U.S. Department of Education’s policy guidance concerning investigations of sexual assaults and sexual violence on school campuses, applicable to both K-12 and higher education institutions...more

Breaking News for New York Institutions: State to Narrow Scope of Article 129-B Audit

In light of the serious concerns institutions and advocates have expressed about FERPA and other privacy laws, we have recently been informed that the Office of Campus Safety will likely revise its Notice of Audit, dated June...more

N.Y. Education Law Article 129-B Notice of Audit Issued to New York Colleges and Universities

Many institutions are reporting receipt of a letter dated June 26, 2017 from the New York Office of Campus Safety with an attached Notice of Audit (“Notice”) pursuant to New York Education Law Article 129-B (N.Y. Educ. Law §§...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

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

Office for Civil Rights Reduces Scope of Investigations to More 'Swiftly' and 'Efficiently' Resolve Complaints

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that, on June 8, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) distributed an internal memo containing new guidance that will provide regional offices...more

OCR Signals Continued Title IX Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the resolution of two Title IX sexual violence complaints filed against a private university in Ohio. In the resolution letter and agreement, which...more

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...more

No Winners in Rolling Stone Verdict

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A verdict was announced November 4, in Nicole P. Eramo v. Rolling Stone, LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 3:15-CV-00023, striking a legal and financial blow for the publication and its journalist, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. A...more

OCR Decides Lack of Procedural Protections for Accused Students Violates Title IX

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After years of decisions in which the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) criticized colleges' and universities' handling of claims filed by individuals alleging sexual assault on campus, OCR now...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

Employers' Legislative Update: Governor Brown Signs New Bills

by Lewitt Hackman on

Tis the season for new laws in California and not all of it brings good tidings and cheer for employers. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed several state Assembly and Senate Bills affecting those who employ domestic...more

Sexual Abuse at St. George's School and the School's Reponse: 1970 to 2015

by Foley Hoag LLP on

In January 2016, I was asked to conduct an investigation concerning sexual abuse at St. George’s School, and the school’s response to reports of abuse, from 1960 to the present. At the time, St. George’s faced a firestorm of...more

Judge seals transcript of Title IX hearing

A federal judge in North Carolina sealed a transcript of a University of North Carolina (UNC) hearing to determine whether the plaintiff was responsible for committing sexual acts without consent. In the case in question, the...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Revised Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For the first time in five years, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has updated The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, the primary resource for institutions of higher education seeking...more

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