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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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Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

NACUBO “What Did I Miss in Washington?” April 3 – April 16, 2018

Summary from the National Association of College & University Business Officers on legislative and regulatory actions that occurred between April 3, 2018 – April 16, 2018. This summary highlights proposals passed by the House Ways and Means Committee to reform the Internal Revenue Service in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a letter by the Student Aid Alliance to House and Senate appropriations committees for new funding levels of certain programs following the passage of the omnibus spending bill, and a letter signed by thirty-seven higher education associations urging the Department of Homeland Security to expedite its review of DACA renewal applications.

4/18/2018
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Tax; Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

National Association of College and University Business Officers Submits Recommendations for Implementation of Tax Reform Measures (April 16, 2018)

Letter by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) to various officials in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the implementation of several provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The letter specifically highlights recommendations to the implementation of Section 512(a)(7), Increase to Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) by Certain Disallowed Fringe Benefits; Section 512(a)(6), Requirements to Compute UBTI Separately for each Trade or Business; and Section 4960, Excise Tax on Executive Compensation. Among its recommendations, NACUBO urges the IRS not to consider employee pre-tax withholdings for transit or parking as part of UBTI, to treat all investment activities as a “single basket” in computing UBTI under 512(a)(6), and to delay the effective date of 512(a)(7) by one year so that institutions may prepare for its effects.  Additionally, NACUBO recommends a number of limitations on the levying of an excise tax on highly compensated executives of tax-exempt employers, such as adopting a five-year limit for identifying the highest-compensated employees and creating an exclusion for employees with a one-time vesting event.

4/17/2018
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Research; Research Safety & Protection; Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

Community Statement on House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing on International Academic Exchanges (April 12, 2018)

Joint Statement issued by the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council on Governmental Relations, welcoming the opportunity to continue working with Congress and relevant national security agencies to protect “legitimate national security interests associated with scientific research conducted at universities.” Outlining past efforts by the federal government and its relevant agencies to collaborate with the higher education community, the Joint Statement expressed disappointment that the FBI’s National Security Higher Education Board (NSHEB) had been disbanded and asked for a meeting to discuss an alternative forum for continued discussions of the type previously provided by through the NHSHEB.

4/16/2018
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Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

NACUBO “What Did I Miss in Washington?” March 19 – April 2, 2018

Summary from the National Association of College & University Business Officers on legislative and regulatory actions that occurred between March 19, 2018 – April 2, 2018. This summary addresses the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget, pushback from thirty states’ attorneys in opposition to the Department of Education’s notice that identifies the federal government as the sole regulator of federal student loan servicers,  negotiation impasses on gainful employment standards, and other developments.

4/2/2018
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Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill Boosting Funds for Student Aid, Research (March 23, 2018)

Report by the American Council on Education (ACE) on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Trump. The bill covers the remainder of the 2018 Fiscal Year and increases spending for the Department of Education to $3.9 billion. Also among its provisions are increases to maximum Pell Grant awards, the Federal Work-Study program, and the National Science Foundation. ACE notes, “while we are pleased with the bill and support its passage, we are extremely disappointed that it does not address the fate of the Dreamers or fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which currently is in legal limbo.” 

3/27/2018
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Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

Secretary DeVos Forms School Safety Commission (March 23, 2018)

Announcement by the U.S. Secretary of Education of new details pertaining to the Federal Commission on School Safety. The Commission is charged with “quickly providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school” and is comprised of the Secretary of Education, Attorney General Sessions, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Homeland Security. The Commission’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 28 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public with recommendations on how to increase school safety are invited to submit their comments to safety@ed.gov

3/27/2018
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Authorizations & Regulations; Higher Education Opportunity Act

Letter from the Dept. of Education Office of Inspector General (March 1, 2018)

Letter from the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) detailing recommendations for Congress to consider as it works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). The recommendations touch upon a number of issues, which include school accountability, the cost of attendance, the return of Title IV funds, information security, and the role of both debt relief companies and accrediting agencies. Of particular note, the letter highlights the vulnerability Federal student aid programs authorized by the HEA pose for potential fraud, waste, and abuse, while also highlighting challenges the OIG faces in managing distance education, direct assessment, and competency-based education programs.

3/15/2018
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Government Relations; Authorizations & Regulations

NACUBO “What Did I Miss in Washington?” Jan. 23 – March 5, 2018

Summary from the National Association of College & University Business Officers on legislative and regulatory actions that occurred between January 23, 2018 – March 5, 2018. This summary addresses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place a temporary injunction delaying the planned termination date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s rule to repeal net neutrality, and solicitation by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee for proposals and ideas related to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

3/6/2018
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