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    Higher Education: COVID-19 Implications

    From an extension of spring break to going online for the remainder of the semester, colleges and universities are moving quickly to address the evolving guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S. and abroad. To help institutions of higher education quickly access the information they need, we are compiling relevant state and federal guidance and resources issued to date. 

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    For more information generally about COVID-19 legal issues, click here. For more information about how COVID-19 is affecting K-12 schools, click here

    How we can help

    Bricker's multi-disciplinary team stands ready to help institutions address legal implications that may arise with students, faculty, staff, administrators, vendors, insurance companies and other entities. Issues with which we can assist include:

    • Student room and board contracts and other housing issues
    • Travel restrictions and international student concerns
    • Insurance policy interpretation and claims
    • Shift to work from home environment and reduction of employees on campus
    • Leave coverage for sick employees, including FMLA
    • ADA: asking illness-related questions, requiring medical exams or accommodating sick employees
    • Workplace safety issues
    • Discrimination claims
    • Intellectual property and data-privacy-related questions arising from the transition to online instruction
    • Accreditation concerns and offering distance education across state lines
    • Health plans: COBRA, stop-loss policies
    • Financial aid issues


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    Disclaimer: This information is not intended to constitute and is not a substitute for legal or other advice. It does not in any way form an attorney-client relationship.

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    COVID-19 – Current Situation

    Discrimination and Harassment

    Emergency Preparedness


    Federal Communications Commission

    Federal Student Aid


    Health and Safety

    International Travel

    State-Specific Information




    Key Contacts: Joshua D. Nolan, Melissa M. Carleton, Jessica L. Galanos, Erin E. Butcher, Jeff Knight, Devin M. Jacobs

    Contact information for Bricker's full Higher Education team can be found here