Roger's Profile

Roger Swartzwelder is a Shareholder and member of the Firm’s Education Practice Group. He represents institutions of higher education in a wide array of regulatory, accreditation, and operational issues.

Prior to joining the Firm, Roger served nearly 14 years as general counsel and chief compliance officer for a multi-state system of colleges. Roger previously was in private practice at Dow, Lohnes in Washington specializing in higher education matters. He also worked at a nationally recognized accrediting agency for more than 13 years, including more than eight years as Associate Executive Director and Associate Executive Director/In-House Counsel.

Roger received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from George Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Dickinson College.

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Virginia (Associate Status), District of Columbia

  • George Washington University
    • (J.D.)
  • George Washington University
    • (M.B.A.)
  • Dickinson College
    • (B.A.)

Friday, September 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Distance Education and Related Regulations

September 4, 2020 The U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) this week published final regulations in the Federal Register to update and revise requirements for distance education programs and to make related changes to other regulations. Secretary DeVos said in a statement that the new rules “promote educational innovation to better...

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Monday, August 31, 2020

U.S. Department of Education Announces New CARES Act Reporting Guidelines and Updated COVID-19 Related Flexibility Deadlines

Updated Reporting for Student Portion of CARES Act Emergency Grants Today the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) announced revised reporting guidelines for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (“HEERF”) designated by the CARES Act to be used for emergency relief grants to students in accordance with the Certification and Agreement...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

New Title IX Rules Take Effect in 30 Days

The new Title IX rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) in May become effective on August 14, 2020, just one month from now. Even though the new rules are facing several legal challenges, the effective date as of today has not changed, and the Department has...

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