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  • Grand River Solutions Welcomes Kateeka Harris

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    Grand River Solutions is thrilled to announce that nationally recognized expert Kateeka Harris will be joining our team as a Senior Solutions Specialist. Kateeka is the previous past president for the Association for Student Conduct Administration, where she also oversaw their diversity and inclusion efforts. She has nearly two decades…

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  • Meet Andrea Stagg, Grand River Solutions’ New Director of Consulting Services

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    Grand River Solutions is excited to introduce Andrea Stagg, Director of Consulting Services. Andrea has extensive experience in higher education in–house legal settings at public and private colleges and universities, and brings proven expertise on issues relating to best practices in campus safety and sexual misconduct prevention, Clery Act Compliance,…

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  • Taking Stock of the Survey – Advantages and Challenges of a National Climate Survey

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    Recent legislation will require that the U.S. Department of Education create a national climate survey for college and university students. This major requirement was included as a part of theViolence Against Women Act reauthorization and has largely flown under the radar. The mandate mayseem straightforward; however, questions abound. Our Senior…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in Cummings will Impact Valuation of Title IX Cases

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    In Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller PLLC, the Supreme Court applied contracting principles to four federal laws under which aggrieved people can sue for damages. In doing so, the Court found that emotional distress damages were not foreseeable by recipients of federal funds—including educational institutions that receive federal funds and…

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  • Introducing Grand River Innovations’ Campus Climate Surveys & Community

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    Change starts today. Grand River Solutions is thrilled to announce our newest innovative offerings brought to you by the Grand River Innovations team. Our Sexual Misconduct and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) climate surveys for students and employees are aimed at lowering barriers to access, completion, and implementation while providing…

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  • Sixth Circuit Opinion Provides Important Reminders for Employers about Pregnancy and Disability, ADA Protected Leave, and The Perils of Mismanaged Processes

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    On March 8, 2022, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an unpublished decision in Blanchett v. Charter Communications, LLC brimming with issues and reminders applicable to employers of all sizes. The plaintiff, Kelly Blanchet, was a high performing employee at Charter who became pregnant several years into her employment.…

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  • Grand River’s Disability Access and Compliance Solutions

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    Furthering our vision, we are proud to announce that Grand River Solutions now offers expanded services on disability access and compliance.   We recognize that disability is a critical component of equity and working to adequately support employees and students with disabilities is essential to building equal access for all.…

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  • Title IX Regulations Are Going to Change (Again)

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    On February 17, 2022, the Department of Education sent a draft of its proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. The Department has not revealed its exact changes to the public; however, it appears likely that it will modify,…

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  • Affirmative Action Challenged in U.S. Supreme Court

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    On Monday, January 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases challenging affirmative action in admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC). The two cases will be consolidated for hearing, which will likely occur at the beginning of the Supreme Court’s next…

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  • U.S. Department of Education Update on the Exclusionary Rule

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    On August 24, 2021 the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a letter stating that it will “immediately cease enforcement of the part of § 106.45(b)(6)(i) regarding the prohibition against statements not subject to cross-examination” and that “ostsecondary institutions are no longer subject to this portion” of the…

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  • Meet Joseph Storch

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    Grand River Solutions is excited to welcome Joseph Storch, one of the nation’s leading voices on the Clery Act, Title IX, student affairs, and due/fair process as its new Senior Director of Compliance and Innovation Solutions. In his new role, Joe will split his time between direct service for existing…

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  • Monthly Dear Colleague Dialogues Series

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    In May of 2021, Grand River Solutions hosted the first installment of the Dear Colleague Dialogues, a monthly event featuring a panel of subject-matter experts in conversation with our extended Grand River Title IX and equity community. These events are an opportunity to ask questions, share insights and lessons learned,…

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