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    Colleges Placed at the Mercy of the States They Are In: How State Laws Can Strip Host Cities of NCAA Tournament Games and Affect Athletic Programs

    Every year colleges and universities bid to host National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) tournament games. Hosting these games attracts incoming students, boosts school pride, increases alumni contributions, and provides free marketing and advertising for the host college on a national scale. A recent NCAA decision, however, should put colleges on notice that the laws of […]

    NCAA Faces New Class-Action Concussion-Related Lawsuits

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) was hit with seven new concussion-related class action lawsuits on August 31, 2016. The new lawsuits increase the total number of lawsuits filed since May 2016 to 22 across the country. The latest cases have all been filed and are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Order Allowing Transgender Restroom Choice

    On August 3, 2016, amidst national debate over transgender rights, the United States Supreme Court temporarily blocked a court order that had allowed a transgender student to use the boys’ restrooms in a Virginia high school. Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as a male, is scheduled to commence his senior year at […]

    Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone After Discredited University of Virginia Profile

    A New York federal judge recently granted a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media, and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Three former University of Virginia (“UVA”) fraternity members, George Elias, IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler brought the lawsuit alleging that Rolling Stone’s publication of an article titled […]

    Former Yale Basketball Captain Sues University Over Sexual Misconduct Expulsion

    Jack Montague, who was expelled from Yale University earlier this year following his involvement in an alleged sexual assault, recently filed a lawsuit against the University for allegedly mishandling the investigation and his expulsion. The lawsuit names Yale, Angela Gleason, then-Deputy Title IX Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, and Jason Killheffer, then-senior deputy […]

    U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Issue Dear Colleague Letter Addressing Protections for Transgender Students

    On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter (the “Letter”) addressing civil rights protections for transgender students under Title IX.  The Letter is meant to be “significant guidance” to schools and “provides information and examples to inform recipients about how the Departments evaluate […]

    Article 129-B Deadlines Are Approaching

    As you may already be aware, institutions must file a certificate of compliance with the provisions of Article 129-B with the New York State Education Department, by July 1, 2016. In addition, by July 1, 2016, and once every ten years thereafter, coinciding with the filing required by Article 129-A of the New York Education […]

    Recent Cases Suggest Colleges and Universities Should Review Their Employee-On-Employee Sexual Harassment Policies

    Just this past month, another Title IX lawsuit was filed against Columbia University (“Columbia”). This time, however, it involved the sexual harassment of an untenured professor by her mentor, a tenured professor. Enrichetta Ravina is one of a handful of academics professionally analyzing how individuals handle their retirement savings. In 2008, she joined Columbia’s business […]

    The Rise of “Reverse Title-IX” Lawsuits – Do Colleges and Universities have Anything to Fear?

    Recently, Judge Gregory Woods of the Southern District of New York dismissed a Title IX lawsuit against Columbia University, asserting “reverse Title-IX” lawsuits do not constitute sex-based discrimination. In 2013, Paul Nungesser was accused of rape by fellow Columbia University (“Columbia”) student, Emma Sulkowicz. Columbia ultimately found Nungesser “not-responsible” for “non-consensual sexual intercourse.” Notwithstanding Columbia’s […]

    Students Sue University of Central Florida for Data Breach

    Recently, students and employees of the University of Central Florida (the “University”) filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Florida federal court against the University alleging that the University failed to adequately safeguard their personal data from a recent data breach that exposed personal information of nearly 63,000 current and former students and employees. The […]