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Category: Education

New Title IX Rules Move Forward

By Debbie Osgood and Linh T. Nguyen The U.S. Department of Education is one step closer to issuing new Title IX rules for colleges and universities.  On November 4, 2019, the Department officially sent its proposed Title IX rules to the         Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs […]

  Nov 6, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Debbie Osgood to Present on New Title IX Regulations at Vizient University Health System Consortium in Chicago

Debbie Osgood, Partner at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., will be leading a session at the Legal and Compliance Network Meeting being held by the Vizient University Health System Consortium.  The Meeting will be held October 24-25, 2019 at the Conrad Hotel in Chicago,   Debbie’s session, ” Title IX […]

  Oct 23, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Debbie Osgood presents at University of Vermont Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education

On Monday, October 14, 2019, Debbie Osgood will speak at two sessions at the University of Vermont’s Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Presenting with Seth Gilbertson and Gemma Rinefierd, the first session is “ABCs of OCRs – About the Office and How to Handle a Civil Rights Complaint.”  At […]

  Oct 10, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

New Sexual Harassment Legislation in Illinois

On August 9, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed into law a new sexual harassment law (Senate Bill 75), entitled the Workplace Transparency Act (“Act”). The new statewide sexual harassment law creates new requirements for Illinois employers.  The Act is effective January 1, 2020, so employers are encouraged to start reviewing their […]

  Aug 16, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Announcement of Fall Title IX Training Sessions

“Ensuring Equity and Due Process in Title IX Hearings:   Training for Hearing Panels and Hearing Officers”   The reviews are in for the new Title IX training provided by HMBR partner Debbie Osgood and colleague Rebecca Veidlinger (principal of her own law firm) for hearing panel members and hearing […]

  Aug 13, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

FAPSC Award Presented to Audrey Kaplan

Audrey Kaplan, a Partner at HMBR,  was presented with the Spirit of FAPSC Award (Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges)  in recognition of her contributions to the FAPSC  bylaws revision at the 2019 FAPSC Annual Administration Conference.  Ms. Kaplan and HMBR were recognized for their contributions in providing legal […]

  Aug 8, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Important Notice on State Authorization of Distance Education Programs

In an unofficial federal register notice published yesterday, the Department of Education explained that as a result of the April 26, 2019 decision in National Education Association v. DeVos, No. 18-cv-05173-LB (N.D. CA April 26, 2019), which went into effect on May 26, 2019, the final state authorization regulations, published December 19, 2016 (81 FR 92236), took effect. These regulations contain important changes to Sections 600.2 (Definition of a “State authorization reciprocity agreement”), 600.9(c) (State authorization); 668.2 (Definition of “Distance Education”) and 668.50 (Institutional disclosures for distance or correspondence programs).

  Jul 23, 2019  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

First Annual Chicagoland Title IX Consortium Conference

 HMBR is a sponsor for the First Annual Conference of the Chicagoland Title IX Consortium on July 12, 2019.   The Conference will be held at National Louis University. Debbie Osgood will be giving the keynote address along with Peter Land of Husch Blackwell, and Caryn Bills of UIC,  entitled “Preparing […]

  Jul 10, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Texas Passes Sexual Assault Legislation Impacting Postsecondary Institutions

On June 15, 2019, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 1735, an Act relating to the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct at public and private postsecondary institutions, effective September 1, 2019. Joining other states that have passed sexual harassment laws for schools—such as California, Illinois, and New […]

  Jul 9, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Auer Deference for Agencies’ Interpretation of Their Own Regulations, But Reinforces Limits to Its Applicability (Kisor v. Wilkie)

In Kisor v. Wilkie, a splintered Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold its prior decision in Auer v. Robbins, under which courts have given deference to federal agencies’ reasonable interpretations of their own ambiguous regulations. However, in the holding penned by Justice Kagan—and joined in full by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, […]

  Jul 9, 2019  |  By    |   On Education