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    Sexual Misconduct Investigation of Three Dartmouth Professors

    Three Dartmouth College professors are under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. The three professors have been identified as Todd F. Heatherton, 56; William M. Kelly, 45; and Paul J. Whalen, 54. The three are all tenured professors and work in the Centers for Social and Psychological Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. Dr. Heatherton is the […]

    House Representatives Reveal Bill Attempting to Reinstate Previously Rescinded Title IX Guidance

    Just several weeks after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ( “OCR”) announced that it was rescinding two Obama-era directives, the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working […]

    New York Appeals Court Bars Woman From Suing West Point After Alleged Rape

    Recently, the Second Circuit denied a woman the right to sue West Point after she brought claims of sexual misconduct on campus. In 2010, a woman identified as Jane Doe, was allegedly raped by a fellow cadet on the West Point campus. Doe was one of 200 women among 1,300 cadets in her class. She […]

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Makes Major Announcement on Future of Title IX Policy

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered a major policy address on Title IX enforcement at George Mason University’s Law School in Arlington, Virginia at an event described as “centered around equal opportunity and equal protection of all.” Background Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that […]

    Third Circuit Court Denies Penn State Football Coaches’ Claim

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Third Circuit”) recently affirmed the U.S. District Court’s decision to grant Penn State University’s motion to dismiss claims made by two former Penn State football coaches. Coaches Jay Paterno and William Kenney sued Penn State in 2014, claiming they were denied due process of […]

    University of Chicago Prevails in Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

    A federal jury in Illinois recently returned a verdict in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center (“UCMC”) in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. A former UCMC resident, Dr. Maria Artunduaga (“Artunduaga”), sued the University of Chicago in 2012, claiming she experienced discrimination (hostile work environment) while employed by the UCMC. Artunduaga began her […]

    Transgender Students Find Success in Pennsylvania Federal Court

    Three transgender high school students in Pittsburgh recently prevailed in federal court in temporarily halting a school district policy requiring the students to use restrooms that do not conform with their gender identities. The Pennsylvania court’s decision comes just a week after the Trump administration announced that it would rescind guidance issued by the Obama […]

    State AGs Intervene in For-Profit College Accreditor Lawsuit

    The attorneys general from five states and Washington, D.C. recently filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), which is pursuing a case against the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) following the DOE’s decision to terminate the national accreditor in December 2016. ACICS, founded […]

    Governor Cuomo Announces Tuition-Free College in New York

    Last Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Governor Cuomo, with the support of Vermont Senator and one time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, introduced a robust plan to offer tuition-free college educations to eligible New Yorkers. Cuomo’s proposed program, the Excelsior Scholarship (the “Program”), will apply only to full-time students enrolling at a SUNY or CUNY two- or […]

    Ohio Judge Upholds Federal Guidelines for Transgender Students

    The landscape of transgender law impacting students is quickly evolving, in large part due to the increasing national debate over restroom access for transgender students. By way of background, under Title IX, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex. Both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department […]