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A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

By Scott Goldschmidt, Counsel, Thompson Coburn, LLP
On May 19, 2020, the Department of Education issued its highly-anticipated final Title IX rule (the “Rule”), which presents a daunting compliance challenge for institutions of higher education. This article proposes nine steps to help guide institutions toward compliance by the Rule’s effective date, Aug. 14, 2020.

Higher Education: How High?

U.S. Department of Education Releases State Authorization, Notice and Disclosure, and Institutional Eligibility Regulations

By Roger Swartzwelder, Shareholder and Member of the Education Practice Group, Maynard Cooper
On Nov. 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) published final regulations amending several Title IV regulations addressing institutional eligibility and operations. These new regulations are effective July 1, 2020. The Secretary of Education (“Secretary”), however, designated certain sections for early implementation on or after Nov. 1, 2019, as detailed in this article.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

Department of Education’s New Accreditation Rule Encourages Competition Among Agencies

By Katherine Demedis, Associate, Education Group at Powers
The new regulations change the basic eligibility requirements for accrediting agencies seeking recognition, which currently include: 1) Federal link, 2) Geographic scope, 3) Accrediting experience, and 4) Acceptance by others. In general, the changes make it easier for new accrediting agencies to become recognized, thereby potentially increasing competition among agencies.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

New Institutional Accountability Regulations – Borrower Rights and Financial Responsibility Requirements

By Roger Swartzwelder, Shareholder and Education Practice Group and Tres Cleveland, Shareholder and Chair of the Education Practice, Maynard Cooper
This article will focus on the material differences between the 2019 Regulations and the 2016 Regulations and the interplay between the two.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

Private Postsecondary Schools and Data Privacy – It is so Much More than FERPA

By Jonathan Tarnow, Partner and Katherine Armstrong, Counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Postsecondary educational institutions are ripe with data and much of it is sensitive personal information. Against this backdrop is a fragmented regulatory landscape for postsecondary institutions to navigate, as the United States has no overarching data privacy or security law. Given the myriad of privacy and data security requirements, developing a compliance program may be daunting, but doing just that is both legally necessary and critical to maintaining the trust of students, staff and the public.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

Beginning to Make Sense of the New Borrower Defense Regulations

By Michael T. Wherry, CPA, McClintock & Associates
The finalized borrower defense to repayment regulations will be making major changes or modifying and clarifying existing rules. With less than a year before they become effective, institutions have some time to plan for their implementation, but preparation should begin now.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

Process Makes Perfect: How the Accommodation Process Supports Students with Disabilities and Safeguards Valuable College Resources

By Jessica High, Attorney and Bryce Young, Attorney, Duane Morris, LLP
Since 2005, disability rights cases have increased by almost 395 percent. Following the same process for every student will always lead to the right result, no matter the facts or situation. While this may not immunize your institution from a complaint or lawsuit, following and documenting a process bolsters your defenses greatly.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

How to Protect Title IV Schools From an Increasing Number of False Claims Act Lawsuits

Written from a presentation by Steven Gombos and Jacob Shorter, Gombos Leyton and Eric Bing, CEO, The College of Health Care Professions
The False Claims Act, a civil statute that allows both the government and private qui tam relators to bring allegations of fraud against individuals and entities who defraud the U.S. government, is one of the fastest-growing sectors of civil litigation. Learn how you can protect your college from these lawsuits and lessen the risk of FCA liability.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule

What Now? Examining the Regulatory Landscape After Gainful Employment Rule Scrapped

By Michael T. Wherry, Director, Audit Department, McClintock & Associates
No matter what the future holds, the one certainty is the regulatory landscape among for-profit and non-profit institutions will not remain the same. Vigilant monitoring and regular consultation with experts are a must, especially among smaller institutions that may not have the resources to fully address financial and regulatory reporting.

A Roadmap to Compliance with the New Title IX Rule