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sapped by increasing regulatory burdens.
The current Department of Education is
clearly interested in protecting students
and the federal treasury, but it also
seems to recognize the burdens placed
on schools has been excessive and is looking for balance.
Student protection - whether from
sexual assault/sexual harassment or
from misleading schools - is clearly
still the Department's top priority. The
Department's recent rulemaking sessions on Borrower Defense to Repayment
and Gainful Employment bear this out.
However, important themes emerging from
those sessions include the need to reduce
burdens on schools, while at the same time
simplifying the Department's processes
and still protecting students.
Beyond negotiated rulemaking, other
evidence of these changes can be seen
at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR
made several significant statements in the
past eight months that show it is looking to
roll back some regulatory overreach, but in
a balanced way. For example, while OCR
has indicated that its investigations will
only deal with the subject matter of the
complaint and not look beyond it for other
potential violations, OCR also announced
a searchable database of active investigations concerning colleges.
Similarly, OCR has announced that it
is working hard to close out its backlog
of more than 1,000 investigations, almost
none of which affected our sector. In
September 2017, it also rescinded the
widely criticized Dear Colleague Letter
on Sexual Violence dated April 4, 2011,
and the Questions and Answers on Title
IX Sexual Violence dated April 29, 2014.
These publications were published without
the benefit of public comment. And, commentators from across the political spectrum criticized them as both unfair and
unwieldy. The Department has announced
it will engage in a new rulemaking process
for Title IX sexual assault, but no formal
announcement has been made. Instead,
the Department asked schools to look to
its September 2017 Q&A on Campus Sexual
Misconduct. The New Q&A explains the
Department's current expectations of
schools, which include revised guidance
on establishing a fair policy and procedure,
conducting investigations and providing
assistance to victims. The Department
clarified that it will continue to rely on
its Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance
in 2001, as well as the Dear Colleague
Letter on Sexual Harassment issued on
January 25, 2006.

Schools should be cautious in revising
their current Title IX policies. It is unclear
where the Department will end up with its
revisions. That said, schools concerned
about a policy that fails to protect students
or is overly burdensome might consider
some targeted revisions. The September
2017 Q&A is helpful in providing guidance.
In summary, while the last year has
given cosmetology students and schools
reason to hope that the legal landscape
will improve, we should be careful not
to let "irrational exuberance" get the
best of us. The regulatory burdens on

students and schools still present tremendous challenges.
Edward Cramp is the
managing partner of
Duane Morris' San Diego
office. He is a higher
education attorney who
focuses on representing
private postsecondary
education institutions. He serves as general
counsel to AACS, the California Association
of Private Postsecondary Schools and the
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2

Introduction to AACS 2018 Partnership Program Guide
message from the AACS president and CEA chair
workings of Washington
Spring Leaders Summit/Capitol Hill Day
CEA Conference Preview
Industry Partners Going Above and Beyond
Legal Environment Update
beauty changes lives
and then there’s compliance
people & places
new products & services
associate member profiles: Enlighten
new school members
index to advertisers
advertisers.com
BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Intro
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Introduction to AACS 2018 Partnership Program Guide
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - message from the AACS president and CEA chair
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - workings of Washington
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Spring Leaders Summit/Capitol Hill Day
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - CEA Conference Preview
BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Industry Partners Going Above and Beyond
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - Legal Environment Update
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - beauty changes lives
BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - and then there’s compliance
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - people & places
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - new products & services
BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - associate member profiles: Enlighten
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - new school members
BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - index to advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - advertisers.com
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BeautyLink - Volume 10 Issue 2 - outsert1
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