Higher Education


Colleges and universities, both public and private, have unique legal needs. Higher education institutions must maintain compliance with a complex array of regulatory and statutory requirements while providing the best and safest environment for faculty, students, staff, visitors and other stakeholders. These requirements are all in addition to the basic corporate, contract, employment, and other legal issues all businesses encounter.

Bean, Kinney & Korman has decades of experience in key areas responding to these issues. Tim Hughes and Doug Taylor are members of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. We are approved counsel in Virginia for a leading higher education insurer and have extensive specific higher education experience in a broad range of services including:

Academic Programs

Study abroad programs and activities

Academic Integrity

Student Conduct

Grade appeals

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

First Amendment Issues

Sexual Misconduct

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX policies, procedures, and investigations

Titles VI, VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Virginia Sexual Assault Reporting Statute

Virginia Transcript Notation Statute

Employment and Human Resources

Recruitment and Retention

Employee training – Title IX and Title VII

Employee discipline

Wage / Hour classifications and audits

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Retirement Benefits

Employee Benefits

Faculty Tenure

Executive Compensation

Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Family and Medical Leave Act

Fair Credit Reporting Act

Disabilities / Accommodations

Americans with Disabilities Act

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Information Privacy and Cybersecurity

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

EU General Data Protection Regulation

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

Internet Defamation

Campus Safety

Clery Act

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Minors on campus

Federal Financial Aid

Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Department of Education financial aid audits

Student Housing

Fair Housing Act of 1968

Virginia Fair Housing Law

Contracts and Procurement

Vendor contracts; leasing and land use; construction

Records Retention and Management

Intellectual Property and Technology Protection

Insurance and Risk Management

Federal / State litigation defense

Employment law litigation

Personal injury litigation

Board Governance

Best Practices

Strategic / Sustainability Planning

Risk Management

Shared Governance


Bylaws Updates

Non-Profit Tax Compliance

Unrelated Business Income Tax

Real Property Tax Planning and Appeals

Tax-exempt Financing

Endowments and Charitable Giving

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