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Navigating COVID-19’s Impact on Higher Education

As the COVID-19 outbreak has now turned into a global pandemic, we continue to collect the most relevant and pertinent information to help our higher education clients navigate the potential impacts to their communities and operations. We are actively engaged with multiple institutions spotting and working through complex issues and areas of concern, including the following:

  • Student housing agreements.
  • Continued student occupancy.
  • Meeting the needs of international students.
  • Vendor contract management and force majeure clauses.
  • Title IV compliance.
  • Student and exchange visitor programs.
  • Online learning, including accessibility and licensure issues.
  • Assessing options for ongoing misconduct investigations.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Addressing COVID-19 related discrimination.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other employment and benefits issues.
  • Updating relevant policies and procedures.

Additional Resources

Here at Parker Poe, we also are closely watching guidance coming from federal, state, and local agencies. The CDC, American College Health Association, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have all issued recent guidance regarding COVID-19 that is highly relevant to educational institutions. Visit the links below to find additional information specific to COVID-19’s impacts on higher education and continued developments that could impact your institution.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 



North Carolina 

South Carolina

Higher Education Associations

We are committed to keeping you informed as we all manage during these times of uncertainty. You can find Parker Poe's additional alerts related to the coronavirus pandemic here. For additional information on any of the topics above, please contact Josh Whitlock.