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U.S. Department of Education Releases New Title IX Guidance
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a guidance package that reminds educational institutions of their responsibilities under Title IX. This guidance package, issued approximately one year... Read More

Department of Education Releases Updated Guidance for Title IX Compliance
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a “guidance package” to further assist educational institutions in understanding their Title IX obligations. The package consisted... Read More

Ohio High Court Rules College Police Departments Subject to Public Records Act
Posted on 19 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In a 4 to 3 decision , the Ohio Supreme Court, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], has ruled that private-college police departments are subject to Ohio’s open-records law, codified for purposes... Read More

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Title IV Eligibility for Students Without a High School Diploma Who Are Enrolled in Eligible Career Pathway Programs
Posted on 10 Jul 2015 by Duane Morris LLP

On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education ("ED" or "the Department") released guidance regarding a December 2014 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, that makes an individual without a high school diploma... Read More

Department of Education Proposes New Campus Safety Rules
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed a new rule implementing changes to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 . Colleges... Read More

Deadline Approaching for Compliance with Clery Act Changes
Posted on 3 Sep 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Every college should be reviewing guidance recently released by the Federal Student Aid (FSA) office. The guidance addresses recent and significant changes to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).... Read More

President Obama Establishes Task Force To Focus on Campus Sexual Assaults
Posted on 10 Mar 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Olabisi L. Okubadejo and Dee Spagnuolo President Obama announced in a memorandum the formation of an interagency task force to address incidents of rape and sexual assault at colleges and universities. Citing “uneven” compliance with... Read More

New Campus SaVE Act Requirements Effective
Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Olabisi L. Okubadejo, Dee Spagnuolo, and Rachel M. Keene Colleges and universities now face new obligations regarding reports of crime statistics, student disciplinary procedures, and policies and procedures to address and prevent sexual violence... Read More

Congress and the Higher Education Act: What’s On the Table? What’s To Come? Our Look at the Major Proposals
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by DLA Piper

By Dennis M. Cariello , Lawrence E. Levinson , Nathaniel J. Bell , John A. Miller* Congress is well into the process of passing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and many members of Congress have introduced bills addressing... Read More

New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 Changes the Governance of Private Colleges, Universities and Schools
Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by GreenbergTraurig

New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act (the Act) fundamentally changes the governance of non-profit private colleges, universities and schools and other charitable organizations. New York, which labored under cumbersome and antiquated regulatory... Read More

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations
Posted on 23 Jun 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The fine will be imposed on May... Read More

Off-Campus Discipline Not Required By Title IX
Posted on 16 Nov 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The Kansas Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion on the responsibility of the University of Kansas to take action under Title IX for off-campus student behavior. The University of Kansas expelled a male student for sexually harassing a female student... Read More

White House Issues Student Aid Bill of Rights
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

A Presidential Memorandum titled the "Student Aid Bill of Rights," issued by President Obama, calls for the creation of a new complaint system for federal student loans. This proposal is likely to result in significant changes to the servicing... Read More

New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products Proposed by Department of Education
Posted on 22 Jun 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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 funds to students. Credit balances... Read More

Lawsuit Leads to Another ‘Dear Colleague Letter’ From the Department of Education
Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

A recent “Dear Colleague Letter” provides clarification of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rules and points to suggested changes to an university’s or institution’s policies and procedures. Recently, the... Read More