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HTMLWhat Every College and University Board Member Should Know About Their Business Officers
Stephen M. Gross; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
Consider this: colleges and universities are confronting declining enrollments and escalating costs while national student debt is staggering and many are questioning whether college is worth it. Are college and university board members appropriately engaged in this potential industry crisis? They...


HTMLThe 8th Circuit Opens the Door to Partial Discharge of Student Loans and Upends the Totality of Circumstances Test
Monette Cope; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 3, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
Most student loans are nondischargeable in bankruptcy unless a student can show that repayment of the loans will cause the student an "undue hardship". Undue hardship is not defined in the statute, so courts have developed criteria to determine whether an undue hardship exists. Most...


HTMLManaging Social Media-Issues Consistent With The Law
Sally F. Barron; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
In this age of electronic communication, social media has added another dimension to the array of issues schools must address in order to maintain the integrity of the learning environment while also preserving the rights of students and employees. The courts are faced with numerous lawsuits...


HTMLFPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government officials, focused on local government entities (most prevalently school districts). This project has resulted in scores of officials being fined and...


HTMLCollege and University ‘Financial Services’ and the U.S. Consumer Watchdog
Anne D. Cartwright, Meghan A. Kloth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
The reach of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation’s top consumer watchdog, extends beyond well-publicized lawsuits claiming deceptive practices by a handful of for-profit schools. Recent actions by the CFPB, along with Congress and state legislatures, are highlighting the role...


HTMLThe New "Bad Reality" of the Old Asbestos
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
We all live with asbestos every day. Luckily, for most of us, the deadly fibers of the ubiquitous mineral are usually encapsulated within some material. Unluckily for a growing number of us, that material is aging.


HTMLSurprising Reinstatement Decision of the Human Rights Tribunal Upheld
Geoffrey Breen; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
You may recall that last year, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) raised the eyebrows of employers when it ordered that a terminated employee be reinstated to her position with full seniority almost a decade after she had left the workplace. In Fair v. Hamilton-Wentworth...


HTMLAsbestos Removal Occurred While Children Were In Schools
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
In the U.S., in many communities, you can find a great variety of building styles and ages. In California, however, there tend to be fewer older building than in some eastern states.


HTMLTitle IX And Sexual Assault On Campus
Daniel C. Perkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
In January this year, President Obama created the Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault to provide colleges and universities with recommendations to prevent and respond to sexual assault and enhance efforts to hold educational institutions accountable when they fall short in addressing...


Adobe PDFPendency (A.K.A. “Stay Put”): An Important Right of Special Education Students
Lynn M. Brown; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014
One of a special educaon student’s most important rights is that of pendency (a.k.a. “stay put”), which permits a student to stay in his last agreed- upon placement and/or continue to receive the last agreed-upon services while any challenge to a proposed Individualized Educaon...


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