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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

Debbie Osgood Quoted in Report Issued by U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Hate Crimes

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) has issued their report: “In the name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes”.  The Commission held a full-day public briefing in May, 2018 where HMBR Partner, Debbie Osgood, was a panelist at the briefing and spoke before […]

  Nov 20, 2019  |  By    |   On 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