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Category: COVID-19 and Cares Act (EDUCATION)

HMBR Resource for Colleges and Universities Considering Reopening for Fall 2020

As students across the nation wrap up an unconventional semester, college and university leadership and administrators are wondering when their campuses can reopen and how they might begin this herculean task. While much remains uncertain, it is clear that colleges and universities must be nimble in meeting this challenge while […]

  May 26, 2020  |  By    |   On COVID-19 and Cares Act (EDUCATION)

New OCR Guidance on Complying with Federal Civil Rights Laws during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued guidance to assist  postsecondary institutions in meeting their obligations under Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act during the Coronavirus pandemic. The guidance, which takes a […]

  May 19, 2020  |  By    |   On Compliance - Title IX

Best Practices for Accounting and Disbursing Allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Updated April 21, 2020 Co-authored by Michael Wherry of McClintock & Associates and Audrey Kaplan of HMBR Since the U.S. Department of Education’s April 9, 2020, announcement of the forthcoming release of the student emergency funds as noted in Section 18004(c) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act […]

  Apr 16, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

Disbursement to Higher Ed from CARES Act

This afternoon, April 9, 2020, Secretary DeVos provided a letter with some information on the disbursement of funds to postsecondary schools.   The letter outlines how the most significant portion of the CARES funding will be disbursed and how those funds must be used.  Specifically, at least 50% must be used […]

  Apr 9, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

Client Alert: Department of Education Issues Proposed Regulations on Distance Education and Innovation

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on distance education and innovation in higher education. Institutions of higher education that closely monitored the work of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee last year will find familiar language in the proposed regulations. Meanwhile, institutions […]

  Apr 3, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

Covid-19 Resources Every Institution Needs

We all feel the impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic affecting our lives, personally and professionally. We hope that everyone is safe and healthy. For institutions of higher education, your communities are your extended families and the efforts we have seen nationwide to continue to provide educational services and support […]

  Apr 1, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

Preliminary Analysis of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Distribution from ACE and NASFAA

As a follow up to our report on the CARES Act Summary of Higher Education Provisions, we wanted to alert people that the American Council on Education and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators have published a spreadsheet with the estimated amount of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds […]

  Mar 31, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

Summary of Provisions of the Cares Act and Associated Appropriations Language Related to Higher Education

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced institutions of higher education to rapidly shift their instructional methods to adapt to this evolving situation. The over two trillion dollar CARES Act stimulus package is in part designed to grant regulatory flexibility and monetary relief to schools as they adopt distance […]

  Mar 27, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

ED Issues Guidance for Accrediting Agencies in Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) Office of Postsecondary Education has issued guidance for accrediting agencies responding to COVID-19 interruptions. This guidance should be read in conjunction with ED’s guidance on interruptions of study related to COVID-19, which allowed accrediting agencies to waive regular distance learning review requirements and processes […]

  Mar 24, 2020  |  By    |   On COVID-19 and Cares Act (EDUCATION)