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Category: 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)

Debbie Osgood Provides “Expert Analysis” of the Final Title IX Regulations in LAW360

Debbie Osgood’s new article on the final Title IX regulations was published in the “Expert Analysis” section of Law360 today.  As an HMBR partner and former OCR Enforcement Director, Debbie provides her perspective on the recalibrated scope of Title IX and the role of the federal government in addressing campus […]

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

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

HMBR Webinar on the Final Title IX Regulations

  HMBR WEBINAR ON THE FINAL TITLE IX REGULATIONS Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 1-2 p.m. CST     HMBR is pleased to invite you to attend our webinar on the final Title IX regulations. The regulations, released by the U.S. Department of Education on May 6, 2020, dramatically reset the […]

  May 8, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

HMBR Issues Comprehensive Summary of New Title IX Regulations

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued its much-anticipated new Title IX regulations on sexual harassment.  The Department stated that new regulations will go into effect on August 14, 2020.  These new regulations mark the first time in the history of the Title IX statute (passed in […]

  May 7, 2020  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

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

Tips for Conducting Remote Title IX Investigations during Covid-19

With the increase and extension of stay-at-home orders across the nation, higher education institutions in the midst of transitioning their classes online are now also tasked with transitioning current, pending, and new Title IX investigations to virtual platforms. To help institutions conducting remote Title IX investigations due to COVID-19, we’ve […]

  Apr 14, 2020  |  By    |   On Compliance - Title IX

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