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Confronting the Past, Preparing for the Future: Best Practices for Colleges with Controversial Statues on Campus

Written with Debbie Osgood Over the past few weeks, colleges across the country have been confronting an issue that vexes even the best academic: the past.  Colleges from Texas to North Carolina are grappling with the issue of monuments and statues that, to some, glorify a racist past in American […]

  Aug 29, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

Upholding Title IX Principles in Collegiate Athletics

Written with Debbie Osgood [1] Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance.  Complementing Title IX at the federal level are the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act, both of which […]

  Aug 24, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

The Uninvited Speaker On Campus: Successfully Dealing with an Increasing, and Troubling, Trend

Over the past few months, it has become more and more common for high profile racist and neo-Nazi groups to attempt to rent space for rallies and lectures on college campuses.  One of the leaders of the so-called “alt-right” movement, Richard Spencer, recently told the Houston Chronicle that he plans […]

  Aug 18, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

Managing the Speakers and the Stage: Best Practices for Free Expression on Campus

Last Friday, as a preamble to their violent marches and rallies in Charlottesville, VA, neo-Nazis descended upon the University of Virginia.  Carrying torches, around 300 individuals marched through the heart of the UVA campus and towards the Rotunda, the venerable center of the university.  While surrounding the statute of Thomas […]

  Aug 15, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

Out of Bounds? The Reach of NCAA Jurisdiction

The University of Louisville Cardinals and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels – two of the preeminent collegiate basketball programs in this country.  They have collectively appeared in thirty NCAA Tournament Final Fours, hoisting the championship trophy a total of ten times.  Yet, both programs are currently embroiled in […]

  Aug 11, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

Affirmative Action Under Review? A Reminder of a College’s Ongoing Responsibilities

Last week, The New York Times published a report suggesting that the U.S. Department of Justice would start investigating intentional race-based discrimination in university admissions. As the story evolved, it became known that the report was actually an internal job posting that did “not reflect a new policy or program […]

  Aug 11, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

Welcome to the New Higher Ed Law Blog!

Another school year is just around the corner.  Students will return to their dorms later this month.  Professors are busily putting the final touches on their syllabi and finishing off summer writing projects.  Administrators are hurriedly planning budgets, forming strategies, and seeking guidance on what may lie ahead for the […]

  Aug 11, 2017  |  By    |   On Education

Day 3 Recap of the National Association of School Financial Aid Administrators Conference

The 2015 NASFAA Conference in New Orleans had a little excitement Monday night.  There were some protesters at the parade Monday night to protest the high cost of post secondary education. The protesters were treated politely and didn’t interfere with the fun. Tuesday’s sessions were conducted by school officials and […]

  Jul 22, 2015  |  By    |   On Education

Day One & Two Recap of the 2015 National Association of School Financial Aid Administrators Conference

On July 19, the National Association of School Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) held its 2015 Conference in New Orleans.  The conference program kicked off with the Keynote speaker Hill Harper, well known actor from CSI NY but also an author and philanthropist as founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, dedicated […]

  Jul 21, 2015  |  By    |   On Education

Will Others Follow? Virginia Requiring Transcript Notations for Sexual Violence

Starting this month, certain Virginia institutions of higher education are required, by statute, to prominently note on a student’s transcript if the student is suspended for, has been dismissed for, or withdraws from the institution while under investigation for an offense involving sexual violence.  The statute defines “sexual violence” as […]

  Jul 15, 2015  |  By    |   On Education