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NACUA's Legal Resources staff summarizes current higher education cases and developments and provides the full text of selected cases to members. New cases and developments are archived here for up to 12 months.  Cases provided by Fastcase, Inc.

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Disaster Planning & Response; Campus Police, Safety & Crisis Management

Government Accountability Report on Colleges’ Emergency Management and the Dissemination of Resources by Federal Agencies (Jan. 2018)

Study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to better understand colleges’ awareness of governmental resources related to managing emergencies, such as natural disasters, active shooters, and “violent rallies” on campus. Among the eighteen emergency managers at colleges interviewed for the study, the report found “mixed awareness of federal resources.” The report recommended that the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education collaborate to identify opportunities to improve their dissemination of emergency preparedness resources to colleges.

Disaster Planning & Response; Campus Police, Safety & Crisis Management; Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

Department of Education Guidance for Helping Title IV Participants Affected by a Major Disaster (August 29, 2017)

Guidance issued from the Department of Education’s Postsecondary Education Office regarding the impact of a “major disaster” on the administration of Title IV student assistance programs. The letter provides guidance for regulatory relief to all recipients of Title IV financial aid and their families who reside at, are employed, or attend institutions located in a federally declared disaster area in the United States, as well as financial lenders and related institutions in affected areas. Affected participants of Title IV should refer to the attachment prepared by the Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education for additional information.

Authorizations & Regulations; Government Relations; Campus Police, Safety & Crisis Management; Disaster Planning & Response

Department of Education Activates Emergency Response Contact Center (August 29, 2017)

Announcement from the Department of Education noting that the Department has activated its emergency response contact center in reaction to Hurricane Harvey. In light of the federally declared “major disaster,” the Department seeks to assist school districts and higher education institutions in their recovery efforts. Institutions in the affected region should refer to the guidance letter prepared by the Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer for local assistance and resources.