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Privacy Concerns About U.S. Database

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

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

Unsettling Settlement Over 'Donor Intent'

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

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

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

Adviser, but not 'Fiduciary'

There are varying views of where the lines are in the relationships between faculty members and the graduate students they advise.

Holding Fire

Is a community college student under scrutiny because she favors concealed weapons, or because she didn't follow procedures?

Gender Bias Alleged -- Again -- at Florida Gulf Coast

Former provost sues in part over sexually demeaning comments that she says ex-president made and in part for way she says allegations of discrimination were handled.

Supreme Court Punts

Justices opt -- for now -- not to resolve dispute over right of public universities to bar anti-gay bias and right of Christian groups to be recognized as student organizations.

Challenge to the Kindle

In theory, move to digital textbooks will help the visually impaired. But advocates say college experiments violate law because digital readers aren't accessible to the blind.

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