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Three Local School Districts Cancel Football Seasons Due to Hazing Allegations

Bullying is one of the fastest growing issues affecting schools across the country today. In the last month, three local high schools have taken a somewhat unprecedented approach in an effort to tackle problems of hazing in their locker rooms. First, on October 6, 2014, the Sayreville War Memorial High School’s football season was cancelled […]

Dozens of Harvard Law Professors Publicly Criticize The University’s Revised Sexual Harassment Policy

It may seem surprising – but even one of the most prestigious universities in the country got mixed in the U.S. Department of Education’s recent enforcement efforts to combat campus sexual misconduct. To make matters worse, in addition to receiving scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education, complainants, and accused students, Harvard, in a somewhat […]

Proposed Transgender Student-Athlete Policy Sparks Public Controversy in Minnesota

It looks like transgender students in Minnesota will have to wait a few more months to receive clarity on whether they can participate in school athletics and play on sports teams based on their preferred gender identity (instead of their assigned birth gender). On October 3, 2014, the Minnesota State High School League (the “League”), […]

U.S. Department of Education Promulgates Final Regulations Implementing Recent Clery Act Amendments

The U.S. Department of Education has issued final regulations implementing changes made to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“the Clery Act”) by Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”), also known as the Campus Sexual Violence Act or Campus SaVE Act. As […]

Former OSU Band Director Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Terminated By University

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused (by both complainants and alleged wrongdoers) of mishandling complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat unconventional case, one institution in Ohio is also facing a Title IX lawsuit recently filed by an […]

University of Florida Quarterback Is Reinstated After Accuser Withdraws Sexual Assault Complaint

James Ryan, the Partner-in-Charge of the Education Litigation Department of Cullen and Dykman LLP was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, regarding the highly publicized University of Florida (the “University”) case.[1] The case, involving Treon Harris, the quarterback of the University’s football team, comes amid a nationwide discussion about the alleged mishandling of […]

Governor Andrew Cuomo Proposes Plan to Combat Sexual Assault on SUNY Campuses

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York are the latest players to join the nation-wide movement to reduce the number of sexual assaults occurring at the country’s colleges and universities. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Governor Cuomo approved the first-ever statewide policy addressing sexual assault on all sixty-four State University of New York […]

Student Forced To Wear “Shame Suit” After Violating School Dress Code

Another school year has begun and it seems like the debate over school dress codes shows no indication of stopping. The most recent dress code controversy to grab national attention involves fifteen-year-old Miranda Larkin, who moved into the Clay County school district just a few days before starting classes at Oakleaf High School in Orange […]

NCAA Passes Resolution Seeking To Clarify The Role of Athletic Departments in Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

On August 08, 2014, the Executive Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) passed a resolution (the “Resolution”) addressing how athletic departments should handle cases of sexual misconduct involving student athletes. “The committee, composed of 20 university presidents and chancellors, passed the resolution addressing sexual violence prevention and response at a time when questions […]

English Teacher’s Blog Post Ruled As Unprotected Speech

A Pennsylvania District Court dismissed teacher Natalie Munroe’s violation of free speech claim against the Central Bucks School District. Ms. Munroe accused the School District and some administrators for violating her free speech when she was fired after her blog posts about her students went public. ​In 2011, Ms. Munroe posted about her students on her blog. Without mentioning any by name, Ms. Munroe referred […]