The laws governing higher education are like a blanket: multidimensional and flexible. Although a blanket appears to be one cohesive color or texture, in reality it consists of numerous interwoven threads. The threads in the blanket of higher education law consist of statutes passed by Congress, laws passed by state legislatures, and policies adopted by colleges and universities. Each thread may have a different purpose, but they all combine to serve a common goal: to provide a shield that is flexible enough to protect student and institution, employee and employer.