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Accused Student Sues Columbia University Over Mattress Case

It looks like the “mattress case” will not be going to bed anytime soon. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Paul Nungesser, the accused student at the center of the internationally renowned “mattress case” (“Nungesser”) filed a Title IX lawsuit against Columbia University (the “University”), alleging that the school failed to properly respond to Emma Sulkowicz’s […]

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat unconventional case, Harvard University is also facing a Title IX lawsuit recently filed by an ousted employee. Specifically, former Harvard […]

Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a claim of sexual misconduct and employing a “presumption of male guilt” in violation of Title IX. By way of brief background, […]

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Transgender Discrimination

Last week, in a rather bold move, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”), alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). This is the first time the Justice Department has sued […]

“.school” Domains now Available

The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as possible. The Sunrise period runs from March 24, 2015 to May 23, 2015. However, to register for a “.school” domain during the Sunrise Period, the […]

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.college” domain as soon as possible. The Sunrise period runs from March 17, 2015 to April 17, 2015. However, to register for a “.college” […]

Federal Judge Finds Michigan School District Liable for Failure to Train Staff on Title IX

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney held that the Forest Hills School District, located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, can and will be held liable for its failure to provide Title IX training to staff on proper measures for addressing allegations of sexual violence. By way of brief background, pursuant to Title IX, upon […]

Former UVA Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Federal Agencies Dismissed

Over the past year, colleges and universities, state and federal governments, and lawmakers alike have continued a discussion about sexual misconduct and how to properly address complaints of campus sexual violence and sexual harassment. This discussion was indeed heightened by the publication (and the later retraction) of a Rolling Stone article, titled “A Rape on […]

Facebook Post Lands Teacher in Hot Water

On January 18, 2015, two South Hills High School teachers were arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with students at the beach. According to the Orange County Sherriff’s Department, one of the teachers, Melody Lippert, met a group of male students at the beach, gave them alcohol and “engaged in a sexual relationship with one […]

Can Public Schools Ban “I Can’t Breathe” T-Shirts?

Citing safety concerns, Fort Bragg High School, a public high school located in Mendocino County CA, decided on December 26, 2014 to ban athletes from wearing t-shirts with the slogan “I Can’t Breathe” – the words uttered by Eric Garner, who died while being arrested in Staten Island. The decision was made in advance of […]