Court rulings

Justices Punt on Academic Freedom

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Supreme Court ruling narrows free speech rights of public employees -- but avoids question about relevance to higher education.

Is Tenure Just Another Form of 'Wages'?

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Instructors who give up tenure as part of early retirement or severance plans must pay Social Security taxes on the payments they receive, a divided federal appeals court ruled last week. Although the court’s ruling came in a case involving public school teachers, it conflicts with another appeals court’s 2001 decision in a case involving professors at North Dakota State University, which may lead the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the issue nationally.

A Loss on Internet Rules

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Appeals court upholds regulation colleges fear could cost them billions, but cites exemption that could help some institutions.

Win for Excluded Muslim Scholar

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Federal judge orders government to decide on visa for professor forced to turn down Notre Dame position.

Religious Rights vs. Gay Rights

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Christian group wins federal appeals court victory to keep injunction against Southern Illinois U. enforcing its anti-bias rules.

Court Allows Title IX Retaliation Claim

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Applying 2005 Supreme Court ruling, appeals panel says ex-sports official can sue Lafayette College under Title IX.

Crime and (Minimal) Punishment

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State judge says NYU can't order student found guilty of marijuana possession to perform 500 hours of community service.

2 Suicide Suits Conclude

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Jury finds Allegheny not responsible for student's death; MIT settles closely watched case.

U. of Phoenix Loses in U.S. Court

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Appeals panel clears way for lawsuit charging for-profit university with defrauding government of billions.

Oops, Never Mind, Appeals Court Says

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Federal panel reverses earlier ruling and upholds Gannon University's right under U.S. law to change a former minister's duties.

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