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Judge Dismisses Mount Ida College Class Action Lawsuit (Squeri, et al. v. Mount Ida College, et al.)

Approximately one year after Mount Ida College ceased operations and closed for business, the District Court for the District of Massachusetts has dismissed class action claims brought by its students against the college, the Board of Directors, and various administrative officers. Fundamental to the court’s decision was the question of […]

  Jun 6, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

DOE Announcement of 2019 Gainful Employment Disclosure Dates

Client Alert We previously communicated that on May 16, 2019, (though dated 5/9/19) The Department of Education posted the  Electronic Announcement #119 – Release of the 2019 GE Disclosure Template.  The deadline for compliance for all institutions with programs subject to Gainful Employment is still  July 1, 2019.  On May […]

  May 28, 2019  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

BREAKING NEWS – Department of Education Releases 2019 GE Disclosure Template – Can Final GE Regulation Be Next?

Client Alert On May 16, 2019, (though dated 5/9/19) The Department of Education posted the  Electronic Announcement #119 – Release of the 2019 GE Disclosure Template. The disclosure is simplified and covers six areas: Normal time to complete the program Total program costs if completing the program within normal time […]

  May 16, 2019  |  By    |   On Client Alerts

Client Alert: Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Reaches Consensus on Proposed Regulations for Federal Student Aid Programs

Earlier last month, the negotiated rulemaking committee (“Committee”) established by the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) to consider, revise, and prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs, reached consensus on all three buckets of regulatory issues grouped by the Department. The draft consensus language is available here. Because […]

  May 8, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Legal Alert: Department of Education Issues Guidance on Implementation of 2016 Borrower Defense to Repayment Final Regulations

The U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) has issued guidance on the 2016 Borrower Defense to Repayment (“BDR”) final regulations, which took effect following unsuccessful litigation by the Department to delay their implementation. Given changes that may have occurred at institutions between the original implementation date (July 1, 2017) and the […]

  Apr 5, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Debbie Osgood Presents on the Needs of Transgender Students and Employees at upcoming NACUA CLE Workshop

  Debbie Osgood will be speaking on Thursday, April 4th in Seattle, Washington at the 2019 CLE Workshop: The Ever-Evolving Field of Higher Education Discrimination Law: What You Need to Know Now                    Debbie will be addressing the needs of transgender students […]

  Apr 2, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

The President’s Executive Order on Free Inquiry, Institutional Transparency and Accountability

On March 21, 2019, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities.” The Executive Order seeks to promote First Amendment rights, improve transparency relating to financial aid information, and address student loan debt in higher education. Free Inquiry: Specifically, the Executive […]

  Mar 25, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Liberal Arts Colleges’ Student Admission Files Hacked

On Thursday March 7, the same week that The Wall Street Journal reported on Chinese hackers targeting universities in order to obtain access to classified military technology, Inside Higher Ed reported that applicants at three liberal arts colleges had received anonymous notes offering them the chance to buy their complete […]

  Mar 13, 2019  |  By    |   On Data Privacy and Protection

Universities Targeted by Chinese Hackers for Military Technology

On Tuesday, March 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that more than two dozen universities in the U.S., Canada and Southeast Asia had been targeted by Chinese hackers.  In its report, The Wall Street Journal cited research from iDefense, a cybersecurity intelligence unit of Accenture Security, indicating that the University of […]

  Mar 13, 2019  |  By    |   On Data Privacy and Protection

New FERPA Guidance on Permitted Disclosures Necessary to Protect Health or Safety

By Sheila Sokolowski and Linh Nguyen The U.S. Department of Education  through the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (“PTAC”)—an online resource on data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices for education stakeholders—recently issued a set of frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) on the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) […]

  Mar 13, 2019  |  By    |   On Education