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Feds Flip Flop On Title IX Protections

November 10th, 2017

College Title IX officers are encouraged to review and modify their policies and procedures to conform to the latest direction from Washington.

NPC Spends Summer Examining Gender Identity Issues for Sororities and Fraternities

October 10th, 2017

This past summer, the National Panhellenic Conference released the report of its Gender Identity Study Group.

In Any Academic Collaboration, Be Sure to Dot the “i’s” and Cross the “t’s”

September 11th, 2017

A recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision stresses the importance of clear, written documentation of roles and responsibilities in any academic collaborations between a private entity and a state university.

Can a Non-Student Bring a Title IX Lawsuit Against a College?

August 28th, 2017

Title IX is a federal statute that prohibits sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, “on the basis of sex.”  The Eighth Circuit’s ruling relied on traditional interpretations of the elements of a Title IX claim, but raised a separate interesting question.

“Slant”-ing is OK, Says The High Court

June 30th, 2017

In a High Court decision announced on June 19, 2017, Simon Tam was vindicated and his band may now register the trademark, “The Slants.”

Female Students Bring Title IX Suite Against Lock Haven University: It’s Not Sex This Time, But Sports

June 14th, 2017

Amid allegations from the Women’s Law Project that Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania treats its female athletes as “second-class citizens,” eight female athletes from the university are suing Lock Haven in what they characterize as a class action suit, alleging violations of Title IX by unequal treatment of female athletes.

A Win for Pedagogically Defensible Syllabi

June 14th, 2017

Recently, the Tenth Circuit was called upon to decide whether the actions of a professor at the University of New Mexico who objected to ideas expressed in a student’s written assignment violated the student’s freedom of expression.

Is Slant-ing Trademark Protection An Example of Viewpoint Discrimination?

February 7th, 2017

What do college and university sports teams with names like the Indians or the Redmen have in common with bandleader Simon Tam of “The Slants”? Both potentially run afoul of the federal Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) by refusing to abandon what the PTO calls “disparaging” trademark names.

OCR Lawsuits: Dear Colleague Letters Come Under Fire

January 18th, 2017

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has been under increasing fire about the authority of its “significant guidance documents,” informally titled “Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs).”

Harvard Seeking to Eliminate Single-Sex Fraternities and Sororities?

December 20th, 2016

Fraternities, sororities and the notoriously elitist male “Finals Clubs” at Harvard have been off campus since 1984, when Harvard required that they become co-ed in order to be recognized on campus. Harvard has never openly tried to completely close down these white-dominated, exclusive fraternities and sororities.