College and University Law
We represent colleges and universities in a wide variety of matters, including tenure denial and tenure revocation, student discipline and disability, employment law, commercial litigation and defense of governmental investigations and prosecutions. Over the past several years, we have represented and defended Bentley College, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Hampshire College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Regis College, Tufts University, the University of Pennsylvania and Western New England College. We have represented college and university presidents, trustees, deans, provosts, department chairs, tenure committees, and other faculty members.
Rose, Chinitz & Rose has:
- successfully represented universities in civil rights and discrimination claims brought by faculty members, students and staff;
- successfully litigated the leading Massachusetts case on student discipline (Schaer v. Brandeis University, 432 Mass. 474, 735 N.E.2d 373 (2000)) and many other student discipline cases;
- advised a college on a reduction in force of tenured and non-tenured faculty and staff (with no litigation brought);
- represented a tenure review committee accused of bias in the denial of tenure;
- served as the “prosecutor” in tenure revocation proceedings;
- represented a university under investigation for fraud against the United States (no charges were brought);
- advised colleges on the rules and regulations governing the collection of student loans;
- represented universities in commercial, real estate and construction litigation;
- drafted tenure and student discipline guidelines;
- represented universities in response to subpoenas for records by governmental agencies and private parties;
- represented colleges and universities in federal Office for Civil Rights investigations; and
- represented a major university in a federal investigation concerning the use of federal grants.
Alan D. Rose is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and has been a speaker at its annual conferences in San Antonio in 1995 (tenure litigation), Washington, D.C., in 2000 (student discipline cases), San Diego in 2001 (student discipline), and mid-year conferences in Austin, Texas in 2003 and Phoenix, Arizona in 2005 (ADA claims). He has also appeared on CNN, New England Cable News, and Channel 5 on higher education-related issues. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association College and University Group. He is recognized as one of Boston’s premier lawyers in the field of Education Law by The Best Lawyers in America.