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    Not All Speech in the Classroom is Protected

    The First Amendment and workplace discrimination commonly intersect when an employee claims unlawful retaliation, suspension, or termination based upon the employee’s exercise of an ostensible right to free speech and expression. Dr. Teresa Buchanan was a tenured professor at Louisiana State University where she taught in the Early Childhood Program for teacher education before she […]

    Denial of NCAA Eligibility Waivers Continues to Spark Dispute

    Under NCAA rules, a player may avoid sitting out a year like the standard transfer by gaining an eligibility waiver, typically referred to as a hardship waiver. The NCAA will grant a waiver if it finds there are sufficient “mitigating circumstances” for doing so.  According to the NCAA, “[a] common circumstance is a student-athlete facing […]

    Harvard’s First African-American Faculty Dean Let Go Amid Harvey Weinstein Controversy

    Following months of protest and inquiry, Harvard University announced that it will not renew the appointments of Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a high-profile defense lawyer who had joined Harvey Weinstein’s legal team, and Stephanie R. Robinson, Sullivan’s wife, as faculty deans of Winthrop House, an undergraduate residential college. The couple – Harvard’s first African-American faculty […]

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Title IX Regulations

    On November 16, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released sweeping new regulations that could substantially alter how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct. This action comes in the wake of DeVos’ 2017 revocation of Title IX guidance issued under the Obama administration, which had called for greater enforcement of Title IX, […]

    Former Yale Student Found Not Guilty in Rape Trial

    A New Haven, Connecticut jury recently found a former Yale University student not guilty of raping his classmate. This much publicized case is among the small percentage of campus sexual misconduct cases that have actually made it to trial. In 2015, Yale University student, referred to as Jane Doe, accused Saifullah Khan of raping her […]

    Proposed Bill Would Require College and University Presidents to Review Sexual Misconduct Claims

    Bipartisan legislation announced recently in the U.S. Senate would hold campus leaders accountable for sexual abuse cases involving college and university employees. The proposed bill, the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations Act (“Alert Act”), would require all presidents, and at least one other member of the institution’s governing board, to […]

    Northwestern University Professor Requests Leave of Absence After Ten Women Sign Open Letter Accusing Him of Sexual Harassment, Abusive Behavior, and Bullying

    A professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Alec Klein, is taking a leave of absence after eight former students and two former employees issued a public letter accusing him of sexual harassment, abusive behavior, and bullying. The letter outlines twelve instances of sexual misconduct by Klein including: allegedly making sexually graphic remarks, attempting to […]

    Michigan State University Under Investigation after Dr. Nassar Sexual Assault Scandal

    Last month, former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison for sexually abusing women and girls for decades during his time at Michigan State University (“MSU”) and as team USA Gymnast doctor. At this time, MSU is now under investigation, as the Michigan attorney general, the U.S. Department of […]

    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 […]