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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.

Full Court Press

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In latest chapter of a copyright battle, academic publishers outline strict standards for how much text they think professors can put on e-reserve before paying.

Could Pirates Be Your Friends?

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At university press meeting, some see advantage to having their works copied without permission.

Experts consider Peace College plan to offer separate sections by gender

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Peace College's plans raise legal question of whether colleges can have separate sections for male and female students.

Borrowed Gravitas

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UNC-Chapel Hill case raises questions about when it is O.K. for professors to use their university e-mail accounts for personal purposes.

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