In our last alert on the growing interaction between edtech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to reach entities other than schools that provide online educational programs and services.
New regulations under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that took effect in July have a direct impact on all institutions’ Annual Security Reports as well as other aspects of institutions’ compliance with the campus crime and safety requirements under the Clery Act.
As additional elements of the Gainful Employment Rules (GE) have become effective, the Department of Education (ED) has provided additional formal and informal guidance regarding its expectations for reporting, certification, and disclosures.
Recently, a number of third-party test providers have begun promoting the Department of Education’s (ED) approval of their Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) assessments by notifying institutions that, after a three-year hiatus, they can once again award federal financial aid to students who do not have high school diplomas.
The Department of Education published another announcement in its series of Electronic Announcements (EAs) last week, as it prepares to implement the new Gainful Employment (GE) regulations. Those regulations are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015, unless blocked in court.
Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space
Recent headlines around a high-profile settlement between the US Department of Justice and edX, Inc., one of the largest and earliest distributors of MOOCs, have once again highlighted the importance of understanding the rules for making online courses and services accessible to those with various types and levels of disabilities.
Accreditors have been seen as obstacles to innovation in higher education. In April we issued a Cooley Alert on new WASC guidelines for disaggregating institutional services. Now WASC and DEAC have issued separate policies that appear intended to make it easier for new institutions to come into existence and for the validation of courses provided by unaccredited entities.