Legal issues

Pardon Me, but Your Door Is Terribly Offensive

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Lake Superior State University maintains that conservative political cartoons and images on a professor's door constitute harassment, not protected speech.

Judicial Review Under Review

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Case involving a suspended U. of Florida fraternity spurs questions about what opportunity student groups should have to respond to charges against them.

Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to College Admitting Men

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Cases are among several being used by some alumni leaders to fight decisions by their alma maters.

Could Collaboration Shift Colleges' Aid Policies?

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Talk to private college leaders in confidence these days, and many (at least outside the most competitive and wealthy institutions) are unhappy with their financial aid policies. President after president (not to mention admissions or financial aid directors) will say that they are spending too much on merit aid (grants given to those who don't really need them) and not enough on need-based aid.

Blackboard Accuses Desire2Learn of Contempt

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Asserting the competitor made only "cosmetic" changes to learning software found to infringe on dozens of patents, company says the new version violates court order.

U.S. Court Rejects 'Pervasively Sectarian' Test

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In a major victory for religious colleges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Colorado may not distinguish between sectarian and "pervasively sectarian" colleges to deny state funds to students in the latter category. Such distinctions, the court ruled, amount to illegal state preferences for some religious groups over others.

In California, Uncertainty on Immigrant Student Tuition

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Appeals court finds that in extending lower resident tuition rates to undocumented students, state "thwarts" Congress's intent.

Guidance or Spin on Affirmative Action Rulings?

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Education Department cautions colleges on what they must do to justify considering race in admissions decisions -- and some accuse department of try to discourage diversity efforts.

Stamping Out Smoking -- Even Outdoors

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To the dismay of some students and employees, Pennsylvania's system of state-owned universities uses new law curbing "indoor" smoking to ban it everywhere on its 14 campuses.

In Study Abroad, Dispute Over Roaming

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Students and parents sue cell phone provider popular among study abroad participants, alleging unfair billing practices.

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