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The district inadequately responded to allegations of teacher abuse and other sexual violence. By CS Staff · March 14, 2017

The procedures the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights goes through when responding to complaints of Title IX violations and sexual assault complaints are often unknown to the schools, universities and colleges being investigated. There are many things schools and universities must keep in mind when responding to sexual violence, dating violence or sexual harassment allegations. If administrators and school officials are aware of the Office for Civil Rights' procedures, they can be better prepared to respond when being investigated for Title IX noncompliance. The following article outlines the federal government's process for evaluating a Title IX complaint, investigating a school's Title IX compliance, and response to the investigation's findings. It also gives schools, colleges and universities their options each step of the way, including their right to enter into a resolution agreement or appeal the federal officials decision to pull federal funding from their institution. By Zach Winn · February 28, 2017

The agreement noted several ways the University of Alaska failed to properly respond to sexual assault complaints. By CS Staff · February 27, 2017

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires all federally covered healthcare entities and associates to follow strict guidelines on the release of protected health information to law enforcement personnel and agencies. In some cases, a subpoena is required while other permissions are based on a patient's actions or statements. In the end, it is up to hospital officials and their business associates to craft patient health data policies that comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule to avoid fines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. By Zach Winn · February 21, 2017

The decision represents a rare outcome for HIPAA non-compliance, which is often resolved with a settlement. By CS Staff · February 02, 2017

The Office for Civil Rights' caseload has increased dramatically over the last five years. By CS Staff · January 30, 2017

The lawmakers hope to reverse the department's expansion under the Obama administration. By CS Staff · January 13, 2017

The HIPAA settlement is the first to enforce the notification rule. By CS Staff · January 11, 2017

The settlement comes after the healthcare system self-reported the potential disclosure of 31,800 people's protected health information. By CS Staff · October 20, 2016

The school's response to allegations against the officer was one of several Title IX violations referenced in the agreement. By CS Staff · September 15, 2016