Last week, a judge on the federal district court in Maryland ruled that an independent school operating under a 501(c)(3) tax exemption received federal financial assistance for purposes of having to comply with the requirements of the federal law known as Title IX even if the school received no direct federal funds.

The ruling has wide-ranging implications for independent schools. We understand the school involved plans to appeal the decision. We will continue to monitor the case as it moves through the legal system.

In the meantime, schools should consult with counsel quickly upon receipt of any allegation of sexual harassment or assault to navigate an appropriate response in light of this new ruling.

For more information on this ruling and its impact on independent schools, contact Patrick O’Neil at 301-657-0738 or [email protected]; or Michael Neary at 301-657-0740 or [email protected].