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Scott Atlas, White House adviser on coronavirus, threatens to sue colleagues back at Stanford

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Scott Atlas, White House adviser on coronavirus, threatens to sue colleagues back at Stanford who spoke out against his approach.

Lawyers explain the many legal issues colleges could face whether they reopen or not

A litany of legal issues looms for colleges considering reopening in the fall, from safety to online accessibility to federal stimulus funding. Here's what higher education lawyers say should be on college leaders' radars.

Colleges seek protection from lawsuits if they reopen

College presidents tell Vice President Pence that being shielded from lawsuits if students get sick would make them likelier to physically reopen their campuses.

Appeals court holds university liable for ineffective Title IX policies

A federal appeals court's decision in California puts pressure on institutions to ensure Title IX policies and procedures effectively prevent sexual misconduct.

Appeals court: U of Michigan bias team could chill free speech

Federal appeals court rules that the University of Michigan's Bias Response Team might not be able to punish students, but it may still have powers that could limit free expression on campus.

American Bar Association tables new definition of consent in criminal sex assault cases

The American Bar Association wanted to change the definition of consent in criminal sexual assault cases that closely mirrors the definition used by college and universities -- but criticism from due process advocates blocked the move.

Ruling in UMass Amherst Title IX lawsuit may lead to Supreme Court case, experts say

A split in two federal appeals courts opinions could set up a court challenge at the highest level and give clarity on due process in campus sexual violence cases.

Rhodes College ruling opens the door for due process at private universities

A new federal court order may have significant implications for adjudicating campus rape cases.

Columbia law adjunct is latest to leave academe following release of new film on Central Park Five

A Columbia law adjunct is the latest person to leave a place in academe following the release of a new film on the Central Park Five.

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.

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