Legal issues

Another federal court ruling chips away at NCAA limits on support for athletes

Judge declares that association and colleges illegally restrict value of "education benefits" to which big-time football and basketball players are entitled -- but stops far short of free market sought by athletes.

Yale University sued over fraternity culture, and plaintiffs demand coeducation

A lawsuit alleging rampant sexual misconduct among Yale's Greek chapters has demanded they admit women.

Court revives lawsuit over online threats made to feminist students at U of Mary Washington

Federal appeals court revives lawsuit charging U of Mary Washington failed to address anonymous online harassment of feminist students.

Michigan State settles with Nassar survivors in half-billion-dollar payout

University officials won't say where they'll get the money, which will be distributed among the former doctor's hundreds of victims.

Lawsuit charges university fired its lawyer for investigating allegations of misconduct by president's son

Former general counsel says Ohio Christian fired him for investigating alleged misconduct -- including sexual harassment and racist and anti-Semitic statements by president's son. President and son then landed jobs at another university.

Federal court orders Education Dept. to reconsider ACICS's fate

U.S. judge says Education Department failed to consider key evidence in judging agency for for-profit colleges, and orders a new review.

With investigation of Michigan State, Nassar, NCAA stepping out of traditional role

In investigating Michigan State and Larry Nassar, sports group is crossing into new enforcement territory unlike anything since its inquiry and punishment of Penn State, experts say.

U.S. appeals court finds student accused of sexual assault was denied due process

Federal panel blocks suspension of University of Cincinnati graduate student, saying institution did not respect his constitutional rights after he was accused of sexual assault.

Public universities are on solid ground to cancel Richard Spencer events, legal experts say

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Experts say University of Florida and Texas A&M can point to security threats post-Charlottesville to justify blocking appearances.

Auburn, Berkeley incidents illustrate how difficult it is for public colleges to bar speakers

Officials at Auburn and Berkeley tried to stop two controversial speakers on campus but ended up reversing their decisions amid First Amendment concerns. Experts say it's difficult for public institutions to meet legal tests and keep speakers from campus.

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