Higher Education

Advancing Your Institutional Mission

We advise colleges and universities on regulatory compliance, litigation and labor and employment matters, enabling them to focus on their core mission: education. Our services include:

  • General Counsel Services: Our attorneys have served as in-house and outside general counsel to both public and private institutions. We understand firsthand the unique challenges institutions face in this increasingly complex regulatory environment.
  • Investigations & Litigation: We represent institutions in connection with internal investigations, government inquiries and litigation.
  • Regulatory Compliance: We offer in-depth reviews of client policies, procedures and practices to ensure compliance with federal, state and accreditation requirements.
  • Student Affairs: We guide clients on fulfilling their obligations with respect to disability accommodations, civil rights, the Clery Act, FERPA, Title IX, and student code of conduct issues.
  • Title IV Financial Aid Eligibility: We counsel clients on compliance with their program participation agreements, reporting and disclosure requirements and responding to adverse program review findings.
  • Labor & Employment: We defend institutions against employment claims and counsel them on best labor and employment practices.
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Federal Court Ruling Emphasizes Deference Due Accreditors

Last week, a federal district court sitting in Georgia upheld the decision of regional accreditor, The Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges, to revoke accreditation of The Paine College, a historically black college in Augusta, Georgia. Paine had been accredited by The Southern Association for nearly 100 years.

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