The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently issued a “Notice of Interpetation” confirming that Title IX protects students from harassment and discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The NCAA recently announced an interim policy that allows student-athletes from all three divisions to monetize their name, image and likeness (often referred to as “NIL”). The new policy went into effect on July 1, 2021.
On June 8th, 2021, the U.S. Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act (“USICA”), which is bipartisan legislation that would authorize billions of dollars in funding for technology research in the United States. A significant amount of funding is aimed at institutions of higher education.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a university professor plausibly pled claims that his employer’s enforcement of its policy requiring employees to refer to students by their preferred pronouns violated his constitutional rights under the free speech and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment.