Legal affairs

Missouri Valley College students fear being on campus

Missouri Valley College students with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression want to attend classes fully online to cope with the pandemic. College officials say the students aren't eligible for such accommodations. Experts say the students are legally entitled to them. 

Colleges pressed to provide information on decision triggers for scaling back campus operations

Fifty positive COVID-19 cases, or 100? Meeting 80 percent of quarantine capacity, or having more than 10 sick employees? Some colleges are publishing "triggers" that would lead them to consider closing; others refuse to boil decision making down to a few numbers.

What happens next for DACA -- and for college-aged students who want to apply for the first time?

In wake of Supreme Court ruling blocking Trump from ending DACA, the future of the program protecting young undocumented immigrants remains uncertain.

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.

Federal court decision favors limited application of Title IX

Federal appeals court ruling sets narrow standard for what institutions are expected to do when students commit sexual misconduct.

Appeals court says university may have violated rights of 'repugnant' humor publication

Appeals court reinstates humor publication's lawsuit alleging that UC San Diego violated its free press and free speech rights by barring access to funds after condemning the publication as "repugnant."

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.

A university tests free speech mettle, ensuring graduation of Charlottesville marcher

Colleges are routinely accused of intolerance toward nonliberal views. One university did all it could to ensure that a literal poster boy for white supremacy got his degree.

UMBC students protest over sexual assault, university response

Students flood Maryland-Baltimore County administration building to demand new policies around campus sexual assault.

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.

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