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    With Universities Moving to Online-Only Classes, Plagiarism Concerns Evolve

    An increasing number of universities have been offering online classes in recent years, but now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual classrooms are the only classrooms.  This has become the sudden necessary reality for every university in the country. With entire student bodies now taking classes and completing tests remotely, the issue of plagiarism and academic integrity has come to…

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    Deliberate Indifference: When Universities Don’t Listen and Victims Sue, Who Is Winning and Who Is Losing?

    Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination.Courts have consistently found that student-on-student sexual harassment is sex-based discrimination and that the university can be held responsible for it if the university remains “deliberately indifferent.” This means paying students damages if they are victimized on campus, but the University sits on its hands. However, holding a university responsible for…

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    Can Fraternities Be Required to Admit Women Under Title IX?

    In February 2019, three female Yale students, Anna McNeil ’20, Ry Walker ’20 and Ellie Singer ’21, filed a lawsuit against Yale University, arguing that fraternities should be required to admit women and nonbinary students under Title IX as well as the Fair Housing Act. In May 2019, an on-campus group named Engender, which fights for gender integration in on-campus…

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    Allen Law Wins Motion to Dismiss against Syracuse University

    Last week, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York shot down Syracuse University’s attempt to dismiss the Complaint of “John Doe,” who sued the university for unfairly expelling him in 2017. This is a major victory for Allen Law LLC’s client, John Doe, who is represented by attorneys Michael Thad Allen of Allen Law LLC…

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    Allen Law LLC Wins Temporary Restraining Order for University of Connecticut Student

    As reported in the Hartford Courant on Saturday, Attorney Michael Thad Allen of Allen Law LLC successfully argued in the District Court for the United States District of Connecticut that the University of Connecticut denied his client, identified only as John Doe, his constitutional rights to due process. The decision, issued Thursday, January 23, 2020, required the university to permit…

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    Disability Rights in Higher Education

    Students with disabilities are disproportionately at risk to be victims of crimes—up to three times more likely to be attacked. Federal law protects all students with disabilities from being unfairly discriminated against to enable them to feel physically and mentally safe within the institution. Unfortunately, the system is not perfect. There are times when filing a discrimination claim is your…

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    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules to Protect College Students with Disabilities Five Lessons from Endres v Northeast Ohio Medical University

    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court in a university plagiarism case against a disabled student. The school expelled a medical student over accusations of cheating. It ignored two doctors and the student’s own protests that the behavior he was accused of was a manifestation of his disability, not cheating. Sandra Emerick, Northeast Ohio Medical University’s…

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    What Happens if You’re a Faculty Member Accused of Misconduct? Can Title VII Protect You?

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employers from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and overlaps with Title IX (sex discrimination) and Title VI (race, color, religion or national origin). Forms of discrimination include creating a hostile work environment, disparate treatment, disparate impact, mixed motive discrimination, and retaliation. Create a Paper Trail…

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    Trauma and the Daubert Standard

    Plaintiffs claiming they were wrongly expelled for false allegations of sexual misconduct in colleges and universities have repeatedly challenged so-called “trauma informed” interview techniques. Their challenges most often fail: three times in the Federal District Court of Colorado and once each in the Southern District Court of Iowa, the Southern District of Ohio, and District of New Jersey. Even where…

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