Important Title IX Decision Involves Unnamed Fraternity Parties

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com The U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of Kansas State University’s Motions to Dismiss in a consolidated case that will likely have a lasting impact in how colleges and universities handle claims of...
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California Court of Appeal Instructs on What Constitutes Minimum Due Process

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com It is understandable that colleges and universities are taking far more seriously issues related to sexual assault on campus than was historically the case. But, one court after another has found that far too frequently...
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First Sentences Handed Down following Tim Piazza’s death

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com More than two years after the death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State, the first four members of the Beta Theta Pi chapter who were involved in his death have received sentences of jail terms...
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Lawsuit Alleges Disturbing Hazing

Katherine Schoepflin, Manley Burke, kschoepflin@manleyburke.com When a prospective member of a fraternity is seriously injured or dies as a result of hazing, in addition to likely criminal charges against the wrongdoers, a civil lawsuit will likely follow against the wrongdoers,...
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Charges Dismissed Against Pi Kappa Alpha

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com In December of 2017, in a highly unusual, indeed inexplicable move, Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, Inc. was indicted for hazing. Some fifteen months later, in a short Court Order, Judge Kelley Andrews—Presiding Judge of...
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Good News and Not So Good News in the Challenge to USC's Deferred Recruitment Policy

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com On May 1st, the Court of Appeal for the State of California, Second Appellate District, announced its decision1 in the lawsuit challenging the University of Southern California’s deferred recruitment policy. That lawsuit, which was originally...
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Hang ‘em all…it is easier than figuring out who is guilty.

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com As reported in the March 2019 issue of Fraternal Law, the zoning ordinance of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, was found to violate both the Indiana and U.S. Constitutions  because of the manner in which...
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New Hampshire Law Infringes on Voting Rights

Tim Burke, Manley Burke LPA, tburke@manleyburke.com On behalf of two Dartmouth College sophomores, the ACLU has filed suit in United States District Court to block a New Hampshire state law that would require college students who register to vote in...
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Update: Court Agrees with DOJ, Rules Against the University of Iowa

Ilana Linder, Manley Burke LPA, ilana.linder@manleyburke.com In the January 2019 Newsletter, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) intervention in a case against the University of Iowa was high- lighted. Specifically, the DOJ took the position that the University had engaged in...
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Update: Harvard Files Answers to Lawsuits

Sean Callan, Manley Burke LPA, sean.callan@manleyburke.com On February 8, 2019, Harvard College filed motions to dismiss two lawsuits against it, one in Massachusetts state court (“State Motion”) and the other in the United State District Court for the District of...
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