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As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.

Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.

Agency Action

Biden Administration Makes Several Changes for Foreign Students, Programs
The Biden administration has withdrawn a Trump administration rule requiring schools that participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to disclose agreements with Confucius Institutes, and requiring Confucius Institutes to register as “foreign missions.” The Department of State also announced that foreign students holding F-1 and M-1 student visas will be granted exemptions to current COVID-19 travel restrictions, which do not currently allow the entry of travelers coming directly from Europe, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa. Student visa holders from these areas will not need to apply separately for individual exemptions under this policy.


NACUBO, Associations Call on ED for CRRSAA Answers
In light of ongoing, unclear issues related to how institutions may spend the allocations they receive under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), NACUBO has joined over 30 other higher education groups in a letter to Education Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona, stressing the need for urgent Department of Education guidance. While ED issued an FAQ upon release of the funds, many significant questions remain outstanding, such as whether the funds can be used for older expenses and which students are eligible to receive relief aid. 

Higher Ed Community Asks Again for Section 117 Guidance
In a letter to Acting Education Secretary Philip Rosenfelt, NACUBO and 18 other groups stressed the need for the Department of Education to meet with the higher education community to discuss how best to address foreign gift reporting requirements under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act. NACUBO and others have called on ED repeatedly over the last two years to collaborate to address institutional confusion and concerns over this reporting, but ED has been nonresponsive. The letter stressed the need for discussion to occur before the next reporting deadline in July. 

NACUBO, Associations Thank House Leaders as Aid Bill Advances
NACUBO joined other higher education associations in thanking the leaders of the House Education and Labor Committee for its work to advance certain education-related components of an FY21 budget resolution bill aimed at providing broad COVID-19 relief measures. The letter was sent just prior to the committee completing work to ensure that higher education institutions stand to potentially receive an additional $40 billion in relief funds as part of this larger relief bill.  

NACUBO Weighs In With High Court in NCAA Brief
NACUBO has joined 10 other higher education associations to submit an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in a case challenging its rulemaking authority in college athletics. The brief asks that the high court overturn a lower court ruling that applied antitrust principles to prevent the NCAA from enforcing some of its rules pertaining to student-athlete financial support. It further illustrates that judicial micromanagement is unworkable and inconsistent with the core educational mission of collegiate athletics, that higher education institutions are better suited to regulating collegiate athletics than courts, and that universities and their related student-athlete endeavors are not profit-seeking enterprises. 

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Liz Clark

Vice President, Policy and Research


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