|Sept. 21, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Protecting Students From Peer-To-Peer Sexual Misconduct: The Struggle To Decide Higher Education’s Proper Role
Colleges and universities are squeezed between a rock and a hard place when it comes to complying with Title IX’s requirements for responding to student-on-student allegations of harassment, discrimination, assault, and sexual violence. Last year, they experienced a record increase in complaints of sexual assault and related litigation. For example, in just the first six months of 2018, Yale University reported an 87.8 percent increase.
Over the past year, issues regarding immigration have consumed a great part of our nation’s attention. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), created in 2003, serves as the primary investigative agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ICE is responsible for enforcing our country’s immigration laws and its agents are the ones who arrest and remove illegal aliens, fugitives, and persons who illegally crossed our borders. Currently, ICE has 400 offices and more than 20,000 law enforcement and support personnel.
Just when private schools were becoming relatively knowledgeable about their obligation to allow a disabled student’s service animal on their premises, they started getting requests from employees to have their emotional support animal accompany them to work. Schools may have thought (or desperately hoped) they were not required to permit an emotional support animal on campus to accommodate an employee since doing so was not required for students.