As colleges and universities collect more and more sensitive, personal electronic information, they become more and more likely to experience a “data breach.”  Although institutions spend considerable time focusing on high-tech solutions to help guard their data against criminal activity, low-tech strategies can prove equally effective.  One low-tech strategy is to simply stop putting a student’s personal information (“PI”) on university forms and documents when it is not necessary—like including a student’s social security number on a transcript. Continue Reading Cut the Cord—Colleges and Universities Should Stop Including Social Security Numbers on Transcripts

As higher education institutions increasingly outsource external trademark licensing to third party servicers, colleges and universities should remain diligent when internally licensing their trademarks with student groups and departments in order to maintain the value of the institution’s trademark within the institution. Because of this, having strong policies and procedures in place is essential. Continue Reading Six Top Tips for Your Internal Trademark Licensing Policies

An institution may have off campus property that meets the geographical definition for “noncampus buildings or property” while at the same time meeting the Clery definition of “separate campus.”  If that is the case, the property should be classified as a separate campus, which carries with it significant Clery compliance obligations. Continue Reading Be Careful! Your Noncampus Property May Actually Be a Separate Campus (Clery Blog Series #6*)

Under the Clery Act, institutions must disclose crime statistics reported to have occurred on their Clery geography.  The U.S. Department of Education (ED) included guidance in the 2016 edition of The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (“Clery Handbook”) that indicates that hotels where your students stay while participating in the institution’s program and activities should be included in the noncampus buildings or property geographical category in some circumstances.   Continue Reading Are You Including Student Overnight Trips in Your Clery Geography? You Might Need To (Clery Blog Series #5*)

Last month, the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), led by Executive Director Ramogi Huma, unveiled the College Athletic Protection (CAP) Agreement at a National Basketball Players Association’s camp held at the University of Virginia for the nation’s top 100 rising high school senior basketball players. CAPA and Huma previously led unsuccessful attempts for student-athlete unionization. The agreement would be the first-ever legally binding contract between a prospective college athlete and the university an athlete ultimately elects to attend. Continue Reading Elevated Scholarship Bargaining Power for Student-Athletes on the Horizon for Collegiate Athletic Departments

The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose certain crime statistics that occur on its Clery geography in its Annual Security Report and to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) each year.   The crimes to be disclosed are as follows: Continue Reading You May Not Need to Disclose All Clery Crimes Occurring on Your Clery Geography (Clery Blog Series #4*)

Under the Clery Act, institutions must disclose crime statistics reported on their Clery geography, which includes on-campus property, on-campus student housing facilities (if applicable), noncampus buildings or property, and public property.   Whether the property at issue is “reasonably contiguous” to the campus can be the determinative factor when choosing between an on-campus property designation or a noncampus building or property designation.  The 2016 edition of The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (“Clery Handbook”) provides new and additional information about what it means for a piece of property to be “reasonably contiguous” to the campus with its discussion of the “one-mile rule.”
Continue Reading Clery’s “One-Mile Rule” – What is it? Why does it matter? (Clery Blog Series #3*)

PrintThere are several approaches the U.S. Department of Education (ED) utilizes to evaluate an institution’s compliance with the Clery Act, including program reviews and “spot check” assessments.

Commonly, an institution’s Clery compliance is evaluated as part of  Continue Reading ED Uses Multi-pronged Approach to Checking Your Clery Compliance (Clery Blog Series #2*)

passport-iStock_000002201490_LargeIn agreeing to review two rulings by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on President’s Trump’s March 6, 2017, Executive Order, the Supreme Court reinstated certain provisions of the Executive Order that the lower courts had blocked.  The March 6th Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” was to suspend visa issuance for individuals from six countries, including Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days.  This provision, often referred to as the “travel ban,” effectively prohibits travel to the United States for individuals from the six affected countries. Continue Reading Supreme Court Allows Major Provisions of Travel Ban to Go Into Effect

hands-in-students-group-iStock-618545752School’s out for summer, giving many 2017 high school graduates two and a half months of eager anticipation of their first year of higher education. But many foster youth lacking the financial support or resources to make a college degree obtainable won’t get that opportunity. A majority of states are calling on their—public and, sometimes, private—institutions of higher education to help change that. Continue Reading States tag colleges and universities to support foster youth