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    House Representatives Reveal Bill Attempting to Reinstate Previously Rescinded Title IX Guidance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

    Second Circuit Rules in Favor of Fraternity Brothers in “Jackie” Rape Dispute

    In late September, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York erred in dismissing a lawsuit brought by former members of the fraternity at the center of the Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus.” In November 2014, Rolling Stone […]

    Title IX Update: U.S. Department of Education Withdraws 2011 and 2014 Title IX Guidance and Issues New Interim Guidance

    On Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that it is rescinding the following documents: Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence, issued by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, dated April 4, 2011 (“2011 Dear Colleague Letter”); and Questions and Answers on […]

    Governor Cuomo Announces Results of Article 129-B State Audit of New York Higher Education Institutions

    On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the results of the comprehensive review of all higher education institutions across the state to evaluate compliance with Article 129-B of the New York Education Law (also referred to as the “Enough is Enough” law). The Preliminary Report: Statewide Review of Compliance with Education Law Article 129-B, […]

    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 […]

    Jury Awards $41.5 Million Verdict for Study Abroad Student in Failure to Warn Case

    The Connecticut Supreme Court recently upheld a $41.5 million verdict in favor of a high school student who became ill during her school’s study abroad program. The Court’s decision is intended to promote stricter safety standards for study abroad programs. Although this case involved a high school, many higher education groups fear that the outcome […]

    Trump Administration to Investigate Affirmative Action in University Admission

    On August 1, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration will be redirecting Justice Department resources to investigate universities’ affirmative action admission policies. The report was made after the New York Times received a document stating the Department of Justice would be investigating “intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” The Times’ […]

    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 […]