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Transfer of Liability

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A foundation created by Western Kentucky University to manage its dormitories does not have the university's immunity from lawsuits, a Kentucky appeals court ruled Friday.

The ruling sends a lawsuit against the foundation back to a lower court for additional hearings, and the ruling could complicate the arrangements some public colleges have set up with foundations or related entities to manage some of their operations.

Middle Ground on Military Recruiting?

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The Marines are back at Middlebury College -- recruiting this week for the first time in at least a decade. But before they could recruit, they had to agree to explain the military's policies that discriminate against gay people, and to answer questions about those policies at an open campus forum.

Wrangling Over Military Recruiting

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Yale's law school joins Harvard's in again barring armed services recruiters; Congress sends colleges a warning.

Penn and U.S. Settle Over Research Death

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The university agrees to pay $500,000 and 3 scientists accept severe restrictions on their work.

Unseal the Books

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Iowa Supreme Court rules that state open-records laws apply to a public university's foundation.

Terrorism or Stupidity?

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The arrest of a Grinnell student shows that yesteryear's silly prank can be today's felony.

How to Save a Program

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Two universities work together to try to save a doctoral degree in audiology that one of them abandoned as a money loser.

Protection for Title IX Whistle Blowers

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Employees who face retaliation for bringing gender bias claims are entitled to damages, Supreme Court rules.

Supreme Court to Hear Bankruptcy Case Involving Colleges

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4 Va. institutions seek state immunity protection as estate of bankrupt bookstore chain seeks to recoup funds.

NFL Rule Barring Underclassmen Stands

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Supreme Court declines to hear case in which player challenged the league's "age" rule.

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