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Led by General Counsel Michael Orme, the Office of the General Counsel is a team of attorneys that represents the legal interests of Brigham Young University and the other higher education institutions affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Record Fine for Penn State Sends a Signal on Clery Act Compliance

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday hit Pennsylvania State University with a $2.4-million fine for failing to comply with the federal campus-crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act, following an investigation that was prompted by the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. The fine represents the steepest penalty that the department ... Read More

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Supreme Court Will Review Fourth Circuit Decision in Transgender Student's Rights Case

On October 28, 2016 the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the Fourth Circuit's decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. This case is about whether a Virginia School Board's policy limiting students' bathroom access to facilities that correspond to students' biological gender is discriminatory. The case was ... Read More

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Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Disclosure of Student Medical Records

HIGHLIGHTS: Through a Dear Colleague Letter addressed to the higher education community, the U.S. Department of Education has released "significant guidance" on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the release of student medical records generally, and specifically in the context of litigation. When evaluating ... Read More

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