Higher Education Law

Saiber’s Higher Education Law practice encompasses a diverse range of issues confronting public and private universities and colleges, including federal and state constitutional requirements, statutes and regulations, employment counseling and litigation, real estate, financial services and government liability.  We understand that educational institutions have specific needs as they operate in a wide variety of roles:  educators, employers, purchasers of goods and services, lessors/lessees, owners of real property, and financial managers.

Over the years, providing strategic counseling and litigation services to institutions of higher education has become a niche practice for Saiber – one in which we are experienced and well-versed.  We have worked with many public and private universities, colleges, and community colleges around the state for over 15 years.

Through preventive measures and counseling, we strive to minimize risk and avoid litigation whenever possible.  However, when litigation arises, we are highly experienced in representing universities and colleges in federal and state courts or before federal and state administrative agencies.

Over the years, we have earned the reputation of the "go-to" firm for conducting internal investigations for universities and colleges in New Jersey.  Among the investigations we have conducted are:

  • Investigations of varsity coaches for harassment, discrimination and improper contact with a faculty member
  • Investigation of the Director of Admissions for unauthorized computer access of another university
  • Investigation of a University CFO for improper conduct in the workplace
  • Investigation of members of a Board of Trustees for conflicts of interest

Among our higher education clients are:  Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Princeton University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Kean University and Sussex County Community College.

We have experience in a wide range of issues that leaders of universities and colleges may face, as well as the experience to resolve them, including:

  • Bullying and harassment  
  • Challenges to student disciplinary actions (academic and behavioral)
  • Student sexual assaults
  • Title IX compliance
  • Alcohol policies and consumption
  • First Amendment freedoms of students and student groups
  • Student disability and accommodations
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Employee terminations and severance agreements
  • Records retention policies and practices
  • Social media policies
  • Student privacy issues
  • Internal and governmental investigations
  • Foreign study programs and the Foreign Corruption Practices Act

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