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.


State Bar: Virginia (Associate Status)

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

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

U.S. Department of Education Announces New HEERF and SNAP Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) announced new guidance to assist institutions of higher education with the use of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) grants. These HEERF funds were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) in April 2020 (“HEERF I”); the Coronavirus...

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

CDC Issues Updated COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued updated interim guidance regarding testing and screening for the COVID-19 virus. The update provides new information specifically directed to college and university administrators. Topics include pre-opening and periodic testing, isolation and quarantine protocols when infection is detected, and suggestions for...

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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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