Legal issues

Goodwill Hunting

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In letter to college presidents, movie industry emphasizes willingness to help campuses deter illegal file sharing on their networks — but says campuses should expect to hear about any violations.

Expanded View of Travel Liability

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Court holds Ohio university liable for deaths of students in accident in rented bus -- a break with how most courts have ruled.

Facebook, a Placenta and a Lawsuit

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Did 4 nursing students deserve to be kicked out of their program for a photograph they took and posted?

Key Win for Affirmative Action

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Federal appeals court rules that use of "10% plan" doesn't mean U. of Texas can't consider race in admissions.

The States of Online Regulation

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A new report breaks down the 'inconsistent' and 'complex' regulatory terrain that Web-based colleges must navigate to operate in multiple states.

Security Hacks

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After a breach, U. of North Carolina's shaming of a widely respected professor sparks debate over whether academics should be held fully accountable for overseeing the security of data.

Church and State (Universities)

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Major higher education groups urge Supreme Court to consider appeal of ruling they fear could force public colleges to financially support worship and other practices of religion.

Religion Financed With Student Fees

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal by U. of Wisconsin of ruling that could greatly expand the kinds of sectarian activities eligible for support at public colleges.

Federal Judge Limits Use of FERPA

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U.S. court says federal student privacy law does not forbid University of Illinois from releasing records about applicants.

The Professor's Night Job

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A former assistant professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act.

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