Government Relations Announcements

Department of Education

  1. Federal Guidance on Transgender Students and Title IX, May 2016
    1. Letter, May 13, 2016: Transgender Students—Compliance with Title IX
    2. Issue Brief, May 2016: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance Related to Transgender Students and Title IX
  2. Gainful Employment Information, 2015

    The Obama administration increased accountability for low-performing for-profit institutions with the gainful employment regulations and state authorization requirements. The gainful employment regulations requires that most for-profit programs and certificate programs at private non-profit and public institutions prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The reporting primarily relates to debt-to-earnings ratios (student loan debt), so TCUs should not face reporting problems. Under the new regulations, a program would be considered to lead to gainful employment if the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income, or 8 percent of his or her total earnings. Programs that exceed these levels would be at risk of losing their ability to participate in federal Title IV-Higher Education Act programs. (Note that TCUs are largely exempt from state authorization requirements, except in a few cases, and we are continuing to work with the Department to resolve a few outstanding issues.) Gainful Employment Information, Regulatory Requirements

  3. Supporting Campus Resilience through Emergency Planning, 2013

    Colleges need to develop emergency operations plans, exercise those plans and promote a culture of resilience on campus. When developing an emergency operations plan, TCUs should develop a whole community approach to campus resilience, considering both lessons learned from previous emergency situations and variables specific to your campus, such as geographic location, environment and populations served. To support campus communities in these efforts, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) worked with its Federal partners to develop the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education, which provides examples of good practices and things to consider for planning and implementation. FEMA offers a variety of emergency planning exercises aimed at preparing organizations for a wide variety of emergency situations.TCUs should also promote resilience and preparedness throughout their campus communities. DHS offers various resources and campaigns available to the public which are aimed at promoting safe and resilient campus communities. For more information on the Department's efforts to engage with students and the academic community, visit their Academic Engagement Overview page, and sign up for the Department's monthly Academic Engagement Message at http://www.dhs.gov/topic/academic-engagement.

Department of Labor

  1. Department of Labor Final Rule Issued on Overtime Eligibility, May 2016
    1. Final Rule on Overtime Eligibility under FLSA, May 2016
    2. Guidance for IHE on Overtime Eligibility Rule, May 18, 2016