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Category: Education

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)

Open in the Event of New Title IX Regs: What Your Institution Should Do As Soon As New Regulations are Issued

So, the day has arrived and the Department of Education has issued its long-awaited final rule implementing Title IX. Or at least, this is where you expect to find yourself any day now as the Department inches closer towards issuing new regulatory requirements for how colleges and universities respond to […]

  Mar 11, 2020  |  By    |   On Compliance - Title IX

UPDATE: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO REPORTING OF FOREIGN GIFTS AT YALE AND HARVARD

The U.S. Department of Education has launched new investigations at both Yale University and Harvard University relating to Section 117 of the Higher Education Act.  This law requires postsecondary institutions to report foreign gifts and contracts from the same foreign source that, alone or combined, have a value of $250,000 […]

  Feb 14, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

Debbie Osgood Examines Proposed Title IX Regulatory Updates at Stetson National Conference on Law and Higher Education

HMBR is one of the sponsors of the Stetson University 2020 National Conference on Law and Higher Education. The Conference takes place January 29 through February 3rd.  Debbie Osgood, partner at HMBR, along with Jennifer Hammat, dean of students at University of Southern Indiana, will be conducting a session on […]

  Jan 31, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

office of civil rights opens new proactive, technical assistance office

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced  that a new technical assistance office will be opened to serve as a FREE national civil rights compliance resource for colleges, universities and other schools. The new office will be called the “OPEN Center” – short for “Outreach, Prevention, Education and […]

  Jan 21, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

Debbie Osgood Presenting at Upcoming Webinar: Title IX Procedures – Reviewing the Final Regulation and What Your Institution Needs to do to Comply

Debbie Osgood will be presenting an online seminar providing an overview of the anticipated changes to Title IX regulations and requirements to be issued by the U. S Department of Education and how they impact your institution. Debbie is a partner in Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd.’s Education Practice. […]

  Jan 14, 2020  |  By    |   On Education

Data Security at Postsecondary Institutions: The Federal Standards Every Title IV Institution Should Follow to Protect Student Information

The U.S. Department of Education recently met with interested stakeholders to discuss data security protocols issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”). The NIST is tasked with developing consistent security standards and guidelines for processing, storing, and transmitting “Controlled Unclassified Information” (“CUI”) managed by nonfederal organizations. Relevant […]

  Dec 16, 2019  |  By    |   On Education

Client Alert: Donations from Foreign Sources Come Under Heightened Federal Scrutiny

In a recent letter to the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (“Subcommittee”), the Department of Education’s Principal Deputy Counsel Reed R. Rubinstein shared preliminary findings from six investigations under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act, as amended.  The investigations were launched, in part, as a […]

  Dec 16, 2019  |  By    |   On Education