Legal issues

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.

IRB Overreach?

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Faculty member sues Brown U. for barring her from using her own research because she paid her subjects different amounts of money.

Please Refine Your Search Terms

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A long-awaited decision by a federal judge could be a significant blow to Google's attempts to sell access to books it scanned from university libraries.

Unusual Ruling for Academic Freedom

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Federal judge rejects lawsuit by Turkish group against U. of Minnesota for one of its research centers having declared the organization's material "unreliable."

Wisconsin Stands Up for Professor

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In response to politician's request for faculty member's e-mails, university releases some but strongly backs academic freedom.

Free to Speak Out

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U.S. appeals court rejects idea -- adopted by several lower courts -- that a 2006 Supreme Court ruling limited the rights of public higher ed faculty.

'The Constitution Goes to College'

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A new book, The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University (New York University Press), argues that key values in American higher education can be traced to the U.S. Constitution. Some of the traditions in academe that the book traces to the Constitution include the divide between public and private spheres, the distinction between rights and privileges and ideas of equality.

U.S. Examines Football Bowl System

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Government offers first confirmation it is looking into controversial method of determining a national champion in big-time sport.

Don't Mention Virginia Tech

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A computer science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, feeling isolated and alienated in a department where he was a poor fit, referred to the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech in a conversation with colleagues who already found him hostile.

A senior history major at Aurora University, in a dispute with a professor teaching a required course, allegedly made a threatening comment that included a reference to both the Virginia Tech shootings and those in 2008 at Northern Illinois University.

Laboratory for Legal Scholarship

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A new law journal is actually a collection of would-be journals -- incubating experiments in nontraditional topics and formats in search of a market.

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