Legal issues

Battle Lines in Florida

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Tuition disputes, budget shortfall and continued growth combine to create a mess for higher ed.

Can Anyone Police File Sharing?

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Many students who get their music online view the Congressional debate and their colleges' enforcement strategies as temporary annoyances.

Significant Victory for Students or Small Potatoes?

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California attorney general heralds Corinthian Colleges' $6.5 million settlement over company's practices, but consumer advocates criticize it.

Administrators Indicted in Hazing Death

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Charges against 2 Rider University officials seen as unprecedented. 3 students also charged.

Arm's Length or Arm in Arm?

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College lawyers and leaders have watched with increasing wariness as a series of lawsuits against universities under the federal False Claims Act make their way through the U.S. courts. They fear that rulings in the cases could make it significantly easier for individuals to sue colleges for minor missteps.

Anonymity (Almost) Guaranteed

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A request for records from Ohio University's online fraud reporting hotline causes officials to suspend the system, fearing violations of privacy.

Weighing the Reach of a Title IX Ruling

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Legal experts agree on significance of appeals court decision reinstating sexual assault lawsuit at U. of Colorado, but split on whether it puts unfair onus on colleges to monitor students.

Not That There's Anything Wrong With It

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The mythical tradition of the alumni magazine prank was elevated (or lowered?) to the level of litigation last month, when Ross Weil and Brett Royce sued American University for printing a "Class Notes" blurb announcing their wedding in Boston.

Price Check

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Textbook renegades trying to find ISBN numbers encounter resistance -- and attract the police -- in Harvard bookstore.

Student, Interrupted

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An Eastern Illinois student with post-traumatic stress disorder was essentially forced out of college after having a flashback in class.

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