Student Affairs & Employment Matters from Title IX to the 2nd Amendment
Student affairs and employment matters are paramount to a higher education institution's reputation and commitment to community. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Higher Education Team provides a seamless, multi-disciplined approach to serving the legal challenges of private and public universities across the globe, as well as research centers and other educational sector clients, helping them to harness new opportunities to better serve their students, faculty and constituents.
We have substantial experience in a wide range of issues including:
- Corporate governance, including compliance with sunshine laws
- Development of student academic protection and privacy issues and policies
- Investigation of claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment whether under Title IX or otherwise, and investigation of claims involving other forms of discriminatory harassment
- Handling of grievances and other allegations of misconduct
- Helping to assure federal and state civil rights compliance
- Counseling on student loan debt issues
- Advice regarding FERPA duties, rights and related record keeping issues
- Constitutional law and civil rights, including First Amendment rights and government funding.
We have for decades represented colleges and universities in the entire range of employment controversies and have a deep understanding of the distinctive dynamics of fair employment conflict and litigation.
Specifically, BCLP’s religious organizations team has substantial experience with First Amendment and religious accommodation issues that are critical for religious organizations seeking to cultivate and advance their distinctly religious character and mission. We help our clients navigate through the complex and dynamic intersection of religion and civil law.
We also have advised public and private colleges, universities and non-profit research institutions on the scope of the federal and state constitutional right to have a firearm on campus, as well as the scope of any statutory right to have a firearm on campus. Many states have expanded the right to bear arms in recent years, and BCLP has helped colleges and universities through uncertainty about their obligations with respect to firearms on campus.