Our Blog: Education

Bill Providing Optional Year of Education Due to COVID-19 Becomes Law

July 1, 2021
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Education

On June 30, 2021, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 664 (the “Bill”) into law.  The... Read more

May We? Must We? Should We? Shall We? What Can Schools Do About Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct

January 19, 2021
By Pam Connelly
Posted in Education

The Title IX regulations that went into effect in August 2020 significantly narrowed the scope of conduct that the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) defined as violating Title... Read more

For Title IX and Athletics Professionals in Higher Education, One Less Moving Part

November 24, 2020

Year after year, the issue of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX on college campuses continues to confront higher education leaders.  The topic is one on which innumerable individuals and special interest... Read more

Supreme Court Holds That School Bus Surveillance Video is a Public Record But Student Images Are Not

July 9, 2020

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) could not protect a school bus surveillance video as exempt under Read more

Third Circuit Broadens First Amendment Speech Protection for Students’ Off-Campus Speech

July 6, 2020
By Adam Tragone
Posted in Education, First Amendment Matters

Recently in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a public student’s posting on the internet website Snapchat, which occurred off-campus, was... Read more

Strassburger McKenna Gutnick and Gefsky Announces its Title IX Task Force

May 4, 2020
By Pam Connelly
Posted in Education

When the Title IX changes come, we are prepared to help. As most schools know, it has been widely reported that U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is preparing to release its final Title IX regulations. The draft... Read more

Betsy DeVos’ New Enforcement Focus: Title IX Sexual Misconduct in K-12 Public Schools

March 2, 2020

In the past decade, the number of sexual harassment and violence complaints in American K-12 public schools have increased fifteen fold, according to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Faced with this troubling... Read more

Non-Profits – Free or Subsidized Parking for Employees – Change in Tax Rules

March 2, 2020

Under the 2017 Tax Act, Congress made any non-profit offering certain tax-free fringe benefits to its employees, such as to free or subsidized parking, as well as on-premises athletic facilities, report the expenses associated with those benefits as... Read more

How to Successfully Navigate Title IX and Title VII Requirements as a HR Professional – A Primer

February 20, 2020

It’s the first day of class, and you receive an anonymous hotline complaint about an employee’s sexually harassing conduct towards a subordinate. Follow your tried-and-true employment discrimination complaint process developed under Title... Read more

Why Health Care Providers Need to Care About Title IX

January 29, 2020

Sexual misconduct cases on college campuses – otherwise known as Title IX cases – fill the headlines. Not surprisingly, Title IX is often associated only with sports or higher education. But if you provide health care within Pennsylvania, New... Read more