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Changes to Office for Civil Rights' New Case Processing Manual: What You Need to Know

by Barley Snyder on

In March the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued its updated case processing manual to clear a backlog of complaints filed under civil rights laws....more

VII Before IX: Continuing Saga in Harassment Claim Preemption

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, part of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, reaffirmed a growing circuit split regarding whether Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Brand’s Memo and Dan’s Desk

Last month, then-Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand issued a memorandum to Department of Justice civil lawyers concerning the circumstances under which they may and may not use federal agencies’ “guidance documents” in...more

#MeToo Legal Impact Remains Unclear

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The rise of the #MeToo movement is raising the question of whether sensitivity to sexual harassment of university employees will result in new policies and procedures similar to increased protections students received over...more

Female Coaches Cite Pay Disparity in Case Alleging Title IX Violation

• Three female coaches at two California community colleges allege that unequal pay violates Title IX. • All three claim that they are paid less than their male counterparts despite having similar duties and that the pay...more

Tenth Circuit Leaves Unresolved When Off-Campus Social Media Posts Can Subject Students to Discipline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s recent opinion in Yeasin v. Durham, No. 16-3367, 2018 WL 300553 (10th Cir. Jan. 5, 2018), addresses the “tension between some students’ free-speech rights...more

Reverse Gender Discrimination Under Title IX

by K&L Gates LLP on

Issues of student sexual misconduct on university campuses continue to be of great concern for universities nationwide. Even when a university has implemented thoughtfully constructed grievance procedures it may have to...more

Supreme Court Not Likely to Rule this Term on Issues Affecting Transgender Students’ Access to Restrooms that Correspond with...

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Supreme Court recently lost an opportunity to address important issues affecting transgender students. On August 25, 2017, the Kenosha Unified School District filed a petition for certiorari after the Seventh Circuit...more

U.S. Department of Education Publishes List of Schools Under Civil Rights Investigation

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published on its website a list of “pending cases currently under investigation” by its Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Previously, OCR had released a list of higher...more

Title IX and Defamation: An Emerging Challenge Facing Higher-Education Institutions

by Littler on

There is currently a national focus on gender-based harassment. College campuses are no different. Even with the changes to Title IX guidance in the past months, eliminating sexual harassment and assault on campuses remains a...more

Title IX: Fair Campus, Foul Weather

With Education Secretary Betsey Devos much in the news over possible changes to the Dear Colleague letter promulgated by the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights, this note by me and my Lightfoot colleagues Brandon Essig and Clint...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – December, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a middle school, life is always interesting and I have learned a lot. However, last week something came up that I have heard about but never had to address. Originally published...more

Title IX Procedures and The Need for Fairness to All Parties

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Recent headlines make clear that sexual harassment is a serious problem in our society. It has also been a focus of attention on school campuses. Since the adoption of Title IX, colleges and universities, as well as other...more

The elements of Title IX liability in Feminist Majority Foundation V. University of Mary Washington and K.T.V. Culver-Stockton...

Two recent federal court cases delineate the requisite elements of a Title IX deliberate indifference claim brought by students against educational entities. In Feminist Majority Foundation v. University of Mary Washington,...more

U.S. Department of Education Faces Lawsuit Challenging Recent Guidance Concerning Campus Sexual Misconduct

by FordHarrison on

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its corresponding regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities conducted by educational institutions that receive federal financial...more

Limiting Title IX Liability in DOE V. The Citadel

A decision issued by the Court of Appeals of South Carolina underscores the limitations of college and university liability under Title IX. In John Doe v. The Citadel, the court declined to extend standing to sue under Title...more

Department of Education Sued in Connection with Recently Issued Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

• An equal rights group and three individual plaintiffs have filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court in Boston against the Department of Education (ED) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The complaint alleges that the...more

As Recent Title IX Legislative Efforts Meet Resistance, Litigation Will Likely Increase

• California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to codify previously issued Title IX guidance. • A similar bill, introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives, has not yet received the...more

DOE Issues New Title IX Interim Guidance

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Education (“DOE”) issued new interim guidance for Title IX, formally withdrew prior guidance documents, including the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and the Questions and Answers...more

U.S. Department of Education Revises Guidance Concerning Campus Sexual Misconduct

by FordHarrison on

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its corresponding regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities conducted by educational institutions that receive federal financial...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-era Title IX Guidance Document

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

New Title IX Guidance: Steps To Take Now

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Education rescinded two major Office for Civil Rights guidance documents interpreting the application of Title IX to reports of sexual misconduct. • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-Era Title IX Guidance Documents, Introduces New Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

September 2017: The Top 10 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. The law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, and September 2017 was no different. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest...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

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