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Rescission and Replacement of 2016 Clery Act Handbook

(Excerpts from NACCOP News Release) This afternoon, the Department of Education released an Electronic Announcement detailing the rescission of the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and replacing it with a new Appendix to the Federal Student Aid Handbook (“FSA Handbook”). The rescission follows…

How the Administration’s H-1B visa changes could affect colleges

(Excerpts from an Education Dive Article) The U.S. issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas annually; there is no limit on how many can be offered in the higher education field. The new rules, which the departments published in the Federal Register on Thursday, make several changes that could…

New Distance Learning Regulations to Spur High-Quality Distance and Competency-Based Programs, Better Serve Diverse Population of Higher Education Students

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued final rules today that govern distance learning in higher education and promote educational innovation to better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students. While work on the Distance Learning and Innovation regulation started more than a year ago, the COVID-19 national…

The Department of Education Extends Annual Security Report Deadline to December 31

The deadline for the Annual Security Reports (ASRs) and Annual Fire Safety Reports (AFSRs) normally distributed by October 1, have been extended to December 31, 2020 due to the significant challenges higher education institutions are facing with Covid-19. The Department of Education is still encouraging universities to distribute…

International Students Banned from Online-only Instruction

A new temporary final rule, issued on July 6 by the Department of Homeland Security, prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the United States if their colleges adopt an online-only instruction model for the fall. The rule has caused confusion and generated anger from students, faculty and…

NIH strengthens policies to alert agency to sexual harassment by grantees

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is tightening grant rules that until now have sometimes left the agency in the dark about sexual harassment cases involving researchers it supports. Starting on June 12, with new awards, institutions will be required to report when an investigator is removed from a grant…

The DOJ Releases Updated Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Guidance

The Justice Department published a new version of its guidance on how it evaluates compliance programs when making corporate charging decisions. This is the second update to the original guidance document which was published in 2017. According to the DOJ’s Brian Benczkowski, the revised version of the guidance “reflects additions…

NCAA Releases Campus-Return Guidelines

The NCCA released guidelines to assists schools in getting athletes back on campus a week after they voted to lift a moratorium on athletic activities and allow for teams to reopen facilities. A number of universities and colleges had already been developing plans to bring student-athletes back to campus, however,…