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|California Department of Water Resources Releases Draft 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines|
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 28, 2014The California Department of Water Resources has released a draft of its 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package. The Water-Energy Grant Program funds residential, commercial and institutional water-efficiency projects that reduce water and energy use and...
|New Florida Statute Requires Schools To Provide Information About Sex Offenders|
Fisher Phillips LLP;
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 16, 2014Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature enacted a requirement for nonpublic colleges, universities and schools. Effective July 1, 2014, all such institutions are required to inform employees and students at orientation and on the school’s website of the existence of the Florida Department...
|Student Loan Bill Dies in Senate|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 13, 2014A Democratic-authored plan to let Americans refinance their existing student loan debt failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday. In the end, the bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) went down 56 to 38, not meeting the 60-vote threshold needed to advance to a final vote. Three...
|Ontario’s IPC Rules that there is No Right of Access to Certain Records of School Board Trustees Under the MFIPPA|
Priscilla Platt; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014In Order MO-3031, regarding the York Region District School Board, the IPC ruled that certain records of School Board Trustees were not in the custody or under the control of the School Board and therefore were not governed by access to information provisions of MFIPPA.
|Department of Education Answers 52 Questions on Title IX and Sexual Violence for Colleges and Universities|
Joseph W. Cornelison, Hayley E. Hanson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
May 7, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014On April 29, 2014, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “significant guidance document” to assist institutions of higher education in meeting compliance obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination...
|Obama Administration Releases Names of Colleges and Universities Facing Sexual Assault Investigations|
Stuart D. Tochner; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 6, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014 On May 1, the U.S. Department of Education released the names of 55 colleges and universities being investigated for their handling of sexual assault complaints.
|No Good Comes From Asking Medical-Related Questions During Interviews|
Jonathan T. Hyman; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014Sjöstrand v. The Ohio St. Univ. (6th Cir. 4/28/14) is an ADA case, but not an employment case. It involves a graduate school applicant claiming that OSU denied her admission because of her Crohn’s disease. In support of her claim, Sjöstrand pointed to her admission interview, during...
|High School Students Exposed to Deadly Asbestos Fibers|
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014Two men convicted of exposing high school students to asbestos were sentenced to 24 and 27 months in federal prison. The men were executives of the now-defunct nonprofit Firm Build. The men used the high school students to remove the cancer-causing substance from a renovation project, an action the...
|Guidance About Title IX: White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault Releases its First Report|
Catherine C. Deneke, Robert E. Toone; Foley Hoag LLP;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014In a report released Tuesday, the White House task force on sexual assaults outlined five action steps and recommendations for ensuring compliance with Title IX and protecting students on college and university campuses from sexual assault. Schools should consider this new guidance carefully, stay...
|FTC Updates COPPA FAQs to Address Education Space|
Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014The FTC has just published updates to the COPPA FAQs, the Commission’s compliance guide for businesses and consumers, to address the applicability of COPPA and the Amended COPPA Rule to educational institutions and businesses that provide online services, including mobile apps, to educational...