Legal issues

Guidance or Spin on Affirmative Action Rulings?

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Education Department cautions colleges on what they must do to justify considering race in admissions decisions -- and some accuse department of try to discourage diversity efforts.

Stamping Out Smoking -- Even Outdoors

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To the dismay of some students and employees, Pennsylvania's system of state-owned universities uses new law curbing "indoor" smoking to ban it everywhere on its 14 campuses.

In Study Abroad, Dispute Over Roaming

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Students and parents sue cell phone provider popular among study abroad participants, alleging unfair billing practices.

From Plaintiff to Donor

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Anthropologist who brought landmark sexual discrimination suit against Brown U. in the late '70s gives $1 million to the institution she once fought.

Dean Whose Silence Couldn't Be Bought

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When he felt a student had been done an injustice, David Potter came to her defense. For him, it was a matter of principle. Now, the former associate dean of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Science says he is out of a job because of it.

Privacy Concerns About U.S. Database

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College and student groups balk at proposal by Education Dept.'s inspector general to collect in a central database (and potentially share) massive amounts of personal information.

Christmas Wins Another Round

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Florida university president -- like a Missouri president last year -- reverses ban on holiday decorations. Legal experts aren't surprised.

Unsettling Settlement Over 'Donor Intent'

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Given the level of vitriol that marked the six-year legal battle between Princeton University and the relatives of a former donor, it's hardly surprising that Wednesday's settlement to bring the lawsuit to a close was not, as some such accords are, of the "Can't we all just get along?" group hug variety.

Professor Accused of Genocide

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Goucher suspends faculty member in French who is being sought by Interpol for charges that he was directly involved in the 1994 massacres in Rwanda -- charges that some experts doubt.

Fla. Community College President Indicted

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Northwest Florida State College places president on leave after grand jury files felony conspiracy charges against him and key state lawmaker.

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