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High Court to Hear Patent Case

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Justices agree to review appeals court ruling that universities and Obama administration argue would upend system for determining ownership of U.S.-funded inventions.

The Virtues of Contrition

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Notre Dame’s president draws praise, despite risks, for his unusually forthright apology after the death of a student last month.

Uncertain First Amendment Rights

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A federal appeals court ruled Friday that it is not clear whether public college faculty members have First Amendment protection for criticisms they make of administrators.

Warrantless Dorm Search Rejected

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Courts continue to zig-zag on warrantless searches of college dormitory rooms -- with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on Wednesday rejecting the use of drug evidence found in 2007 in the room of two students at Boston College.

The ruling by the highest court in Massachusetts reverses an appeals court ruling last year that upheld the use of the evidence.

Challenge on Textbook Pricing

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Textbook companies have faced a number of challenges in recent years, such as open course content, an increasingly vibrant used-book marketplace, new publishers proposing alternative pricing models, and new federal rules requiring the unbundl

Goodwill Hunting

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In letter to college presidents, movie industry emphasizes willingness to help campuses deter illegal file sharing on their networks — but says campuses should expect to hear about any violations.

Expanded View of Travel Liability

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Court holds Ohio university liable for deaths of students in accident in rented bus -- a break with how most courts have ruled.

Facebook, a Placenta and a Lawsuit

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Did 4 nursing students deserve to be kicked out of their program for a photograph they took and posted?

Key Win for Affirmative Action

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Federal appeals court rules that use of "10% plan" doesn't mean U. of Texas can't consider race in admissions.

The States of Online Regulation

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A new report breaks down the 'inconsistent' and 'complex' regulatory terrain that Web-based colleges must navigate to operate in multiple states.

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