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'The Trials of Academe'

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When in doubt, sue. That philosophy has become an expected part of American society and (to the frustration of many in higher education) academe as well. A new book -- The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation (Harvard University Press) -- combines humor and history to examine the impact (most of it negative) of academic disputes landing in court. Amy Gajda, the author, is assistant professor of journalism and law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Open Letter on Open Access

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Presidents of 57 liberal arts colleges pen a public missive urging Congress to open up access to journal articles on federally funded research.

Painful Lesson on Patents

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Federal court's ruling denying Stanford rights to researcher's invention points to tension over policies on institutional vs. faculty ownership.

Course Hero or Course Villain?

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Professors worry that new companies might be making money from their copyrights while encouraging plagiarism among their students.

Discouraging Jeerers

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Controversial visitors to U. Chicago and Temple provoke angry crowds, inside the lecture hall.

In a Counselor's Care

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Confronted with charges that he had romantic involvements with graduate students or sent them explicit text messages while they were enrolled in his classes, a University of Florida department head has resigned, university officials confirmed.

Michael T. Garrett, a tenured professor of counselor education, resigned this month amid an internal investigation of the charges, according to Janine Sikes, a university spokeswoman.

The Curious 'Sexual Harassment' Charge

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East Georgia College has dropped an unspecified sexual harassment charge against an English professor who, ironically, had openly criticized the lack of protections for the falsely accused in its sexual harassment policy.

Porn, Without Protection

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Citing First Amendment, Maryland’s public universities defy legislature’s demands for a policy barring the use of public facilities for the display of obscene materials.

Religious Meets Litigious

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California community college sued by students and faculty for opening official events with Christian prayer.

Conflicting Rights

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Federal appeals court blocks Southern Illinois U. from denying recognition to Christian legal group -- despite its discriminatory practices.

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