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Supreme Court Rules Against UNC in Sexual Assault Discipline Case

Students educational records just became much less private, at least at state universities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently appealed a decision of the state supreme court all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  The North Carolina ruling required UNC to release disciplinary records of…
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New Department of Education Hotline for Campus Free Speech Violations Draws Criticism

In December, the U.S. Department of Education announced the implementation of a new “free speech hotline” for students and faculty members to file complaints about free speech violations at colleges and universities. The “hotline” is not so much a hotline in the traditional sense.  Instead an email account freespeech@ed.gov managed…
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Sixth Circuit Takes Back Win for Title IX Plaintiff Who Argued University of Michigan Didn’t Do Enough to Protect Her from Sexual Harassment

The University of Michigan recently secured a significant victory in a Title IX case that split judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In an 8-6 en banc decision, the court overruled the decision of a three-judge panel and found that the university had responded adequately to an alleged…
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Federal Judge Could Strike Part of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Rule

Federal judge William Young of the Federal District Court for Massachusetts indicated he may strike down part of the rule implemented by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding how schools are required to respond to sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX. The regulations implemented August 14, 2020 require universities to allow…
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New Title IX Rules Retroactive: Doe v. Rensselaer Polytechnic University

The new Title IX rules instituted on August 14, 2020 guarantee more due process rights to both the accused and to accusers.  Still, colleges and universities that fought the new regulations tooth and nail, wish to keep applying their old rules as long as they can.  Recently, the United States…
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