Institutions Must Take Note of Recent Changes to CORI Regulations

In April, the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) released amendments to the regulations governing access to and the use of information maintained in the Commonwealth’s Criminal Offender Record Information System (CORI). The amendments to the regulations will effect use of the iCORI system to conduct background checks.

Reading Past the Headlines: Computer Programmers Are Still Eligible for H-1B Visas

Earlier this month, headlines blared that “Computer Programmers May No Longer Be Eligible For H-1B Visas.”  This seems to have been an example of the media sensationalizing, or perhaps just misunderstanding, the actual content of the memorandum issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on March 31, 2016, entitled “Rescission of the December 22, […]

Ineffective Remedial Measures Expose Institutions to Liability Under Title IX

Institutions are shielded from liability under Title IX when they take timely and reasonable measures in response to claims of sexual harassment. However, institutions can be held liable for subsequent conduct if they fail to take action when on notice that existing measures are ineffective. Wills v. Brown Univ., 184 F.3d 20, 26 (1st Cir. […]

Federal Court Reaffirms Institution’s Responsibility for Off-Campus Activity Under Title IX

In Farmer v. Kansas State University (“KSU”), a federal district court revisited the issue of when off-campus activity that would violate Title IX becomes the responsibility of a college or university to investigate and, if necessary, remediate. In this particular case, the plaintiff alleged that she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus fraternity party. Under […]

Federal Court Allows FLSA Claim for Salaried Employee to Proceed

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York denied a college’s motion to dismiss an employee’s claim for unpaid overtime hours under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Richard Edelmann worked at Keuka College as a Senior Technical Support Technician. When he was hired, the College offered […]

Higher Education Associations Respond to USCIS Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017. Premium processing is a USCIS program that provides for a 15 day initial review in exchange for a $1,225 filing fee. […]

Online Certification of Necessity for Emotional Support Animals

Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), institutions are required to allow students to keep untrained emotional support or therapy animals in their dwelling unit as a reasonable accommodation if: (1) the student has a disability; (2) the animal is necessary to afford the student with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the […]