“Thanks again for your exceptional help and support!”
~ Head of School, Independent School

 

“Sarah did a fabulous job with the presentation. I'm grateful -- yet again -- to have such good partners in all of you whenever help is needed.”

~ Head of School, Independent School

Sarah H. Fay

Attorney

Sarah H. Fay is a member of the Firm’s Education Group Practice and works on a variety of general legal areas covering student and parent issues, employment matters, non-profit governance and crisis management.

Sarah routinely advises the Firm’s education clients on best practices for admissions processes and enrollment contracts, responding to and investigating student interpersonal misconduct, disciplinary matters, health center audits, risk management strategies for off-campus trips, student records and confidentiality issues, and policies and practices for promoting an inclusive community. Sarah works closely with clients to develop policies that comply with applicable laws and reflect best practices while ensuring to maintain the unique voice and culture of each school.

As part of her practice, Sarah educates students and parents on healthy relationships, including the evolving definition of consent, bystander training, bullying and hazing, acceptable use of technology and social media, and other key issues students may confront. In addition, she provides training for faculty, staff and school administrators on topics ranging from professional boundaries, mandated reporting training, sexual assault, accommodating students with disabilities, and other pressing matters.

Sarah assists colleges and universities with policies and procedures affecting students and employees, including student complaint procedures and Title IX compliance. Sarah also represents schools against breach of contract, consumer protection claims and disability discrimination claims.

LEGAL UPDATES

Student Uprisings Highlight Diversity And Inclusion Issues For Independent Schools

Artificial Turf: Fertile Ground For Litigation?

OSHA Expands Reporting And Record-Keeping Requirements And Changes Employer Exemptions

Calling The Shots: Best Practices For Independent Schools Responding To Vaccine Concerns

EEOC Ramps Up Enforcement Of Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Graduating To Public Transportation: Policies And Best Practices For Independent Schools

EVENTS

National Association Of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2018 Annual Conference

National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2018 Annual Meeting "In Tune With Excellence"

The Association Of Boarding Schools (TABS) 2017 Annual Conference

Tips And Traps For Welcoming International Students

2017 NCGS Conference – Admissions Practices: Making the Right Choices From A Legal Perspective

2017 NBOA Annual Meeting

Sarah H. Fay

Contact

sfay@shpclaw.com

T: 978-623-0900

F: 978-623-0908

 

Education

  • New England Law | Boston (2014), cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania (2008)

Distinctions

  • Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2017)

Awards & Accolades

  • New England Scholar Award
  • University of Pennsylvania Women's Swimming & Diving Captain

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
Rhode Island

U.S. District Court

  • Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association