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    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 […]

    UVA Administrator Files Gender Discrimination Suit

    A University of Virginia (“UVA”) administrator, Betsy Ackerson (“Ackerson”), recently filed a lawsuit in a Virginia federal court against the UVA Board of Visitors, claiming that the university knowingly paid her less than her male counterparts. Ackerson’s lawsuit alleges violations of four federal laws: the Equal Pay Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of […]

    President Trump’s Travel Ban: How the Executive Order is Affecting Colleges and Universities

    On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order on immigration, which bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely, suspends all refugee admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and prohibits citizens from seven, predominately Muslim, countries from entering the United States for 90 days. Those seven countries […]

    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 […]

    Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

    The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she became pregnant with twins. Anne Williams Dorsey (“Dorsey”) was employed by Turning Points Academy as an assistant principal. In 2010, Dorsey informed principal […]

    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 […]

    U.S. Department of Education Finds Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct Had Title IX Rights Violated by Wesley College

    The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Wesley College, a private, liberal arts university in Dover, Delaware, violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) by allegedly disregarding the due process rights of male students accused of sexual misconduct. By way of background, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education programs […]

    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 […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear O’Bannon v. NCAA

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) appeal of the O’Bannon case, a class-action lawsuit that was filed by the former UCLA basketball star and other college basketball and football players. O’Bannon v. NCAA originated in 2009, when Ed O’Bannon, a former All-American UCLA basketball player, along […]