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U.S. Department of Education Releases Clery Act Handbook 2016

August 1st, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education has released the 2016 edition of the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting to guide institutions of higher education in complying with the Clery Act.

High Court Approves Affirmative Action For Higher Education

July 1st, 2016

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, for the second time in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirmed the constitutionality of the University of Texas policy which considers the race of applicants as one factor in its admissions decisions.

University of Pittsburgh Settles Case With Former Transgender Student

April 26th, 2016

As a result, transgender students are now permitted to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Additionally, the University created gender-neutral housing, and the University will establish a working group to advise officials on transgender students’ access to gender-specific spaces.

Should College Accreditation Depend on Finances?

November 17th, 2015

From the outset, Sojourner-Douglass received most of its funding from federal Pell grants, and without accreditation, the college became ineligible for federal funding. The college blames changes in Pell grant regulations for a large part of its financial woes.

Be Careful What Your Syllabus Promises!

January 26th, 2015

A district court in New Mexico recently denied the University of New Mexico’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by a student disciplined for condemning lesbianism in a reflection paper for a course.

It’s Not Just Kid-Stuff: Peer to Peer Cyberbullying Continues in Colleges and Universities

December 1st, 2014

Determining the extent of cyberbullying in colleges and universities is fraught with difficulty. Surveys probing cyberbullying prevalence on campuses indicate that from 8.6% to 22% of students are targets of cyberbullies. However, many institutions of higher education are reluctant to survey students, for fear of negative publicity from the findings.

What Does “Good Faith” Reporting Mean, and What Will It Cost to Miss the Mark?

September 8th, 2014

Colleges and universities must make a “good faith” effort to report all Clery crimes that occurred in 2013, including the re-defined and newly identified crimes, in their Annual Security Report (ASR) due October 1, 2014.

Sexual Assaults on Campus: Is Congress Merely “Piling On”?

August 8th, 2014

Has no one in Congress heard that over a year ago, in March 2013, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?