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.
EEOC Shares Updated Employer Pandemic Guidance
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its existing pandemic resources for employers. The latest guidance addresses several federal anti-discrimination laws and how they may interact with organizational vaccination requirements as employees return to in-person work, and as well as what is and is not generally permissible for employers to request with regards to COVID-19 vaccination.
White House Announces College COVID Challenge
The White House, in partnership with the Department of Education, has announced the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, which aims to increase vaccination rates broadly, and particularly among younger Americans. Participating higher education institutions are asked to commit to achieving three primary objectives to help get their campus communities vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for all. Colleges and universities interested in joining the challenge can find more information here.
ED, CDC Provide Updated COVID-19 Guidance, Tools, and Resources
New COVID-19 resources for the higher education community are now available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education and a new COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for colleges and universities, and ED has released its COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3. ED and the CDC will hold a joint webinar on June 9 to discuss all of the new resources; registration is available here.
NACUBO Joins Comments on H-1B Visa Changes
NACUBO has joined several other higher education associations to support a comment letter drafted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) in response to pending proposed changes to the H-1B visa process. The changes, first proposed by the Trump administration and consistently opposed by NACUBO, were delayed by the Biden administration while the Department of Labor issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) to receive additional stakeholder feedback. These comments respond to the RFI and echo many of the concerns the higher education community has expressed since the changes were first proposed.
NACUBO Offers Recommendations on ID Card Legislation
NACUBO joined over 40 other higher education associations to send a letter, led by the American Council on Education, expressing concerns with a proposed bill that would mandate that certain items such as mental health resources are included on the back on college and university identification cards. While supportive of the bill’s intent, the letter offers feedback and suggestions for legislation that would allow schools more flexibility to provide information on resources specifically tailored to their campus communities. The letter also highlights that with the growing use of technology, such as campus apps or small swipe cards in lieu of traditional physical cards, policies dictating what information must be printed on these cards may soon be obsolete. NACUBO and others sent a letter expressing similar concerns to Senate lawmakers in May.
NACUBO Webcast on Allowable Uses of HEERF
On June 14 from 3:00–4:15 pm ET, NACUBO will host a free-for-members webcast focusing on allowable uses of funds and common accounting and reporting questions relating to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocations. Register in advance here.
NACUBO On Your Side: May 25-June 1, 2021