The past year has witnessed major changes in the enforcement of discrimination laws affecting higher education. Not only has the EEOC recently undertaken new enforcement initiatives and implemented new regulations and guidance, but the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has also increased investigations and enforcement actions. Many institutions are still working to comply with the Title IX guidance in OCR's April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and with recent revisions to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Retaliation and whistleblower claims continue to rise, as does the risk of class action litigation. Changes in technology have led to new challenges regarding cyberbullying and other forms of harassment on campus. Institutions increasingly struggle with how to protect and respond to self-harming and suicidal students without running afoul of antidiscrimination laws.
Perhaps the biggest change is yet to come, as the Supreme Court's anticipated decision in Fisher v. University of Texas has the potential to alter significantly admissions, financial aid, diversity, and development programs at public and private institutions.
This in-depth workshop will examine these and other key issues and developments you need to know to advise and represent your higher education client in discrimination cases. Analysis of recent case law and regulations will be combined with practical strategies and advice on how institutions can avoid discrimination claims and liability.
The program also includes two sets of discussion groups, allowing registrants to exchange ideas, pose questions, and share experiences and solutions in a small-group setting. Discussion group topics include the accommodation of disabilities in study abroad programs, the intersection of discrimination claims and faculty employment decisions, consensual relationship policies, and age discrimination.
Please join us in Nashville for professional education led by experts in the field of discrimination law as well as networking and discussion with NACUA colleagues. Register today!