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Church and State (Universities)

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Major higher education groups urge Supreme Court to consider appeal of ruling they fear could force public colleges to financially support worship and other practices of religion.

Religion Financed With Student Fees

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal by U. of Wisconsin of ruling that could greatly expand the kinds of sectarian activities eligible for support at public colleges.

Federal Judge Limits Use of FERPA

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U.S. court says federal student privacy law does not forbid University of Illinois from releasing records about applicants.

The Professor's Night Job

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A former assistant professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act.

IRB Overreach?

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Faculty member sues Brown U. for barring her from using her own research because she paid her subjects different amounts of money.

Please Refine Your Search Terms

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A long-awaited decision by a federal judge could be a significant blow to Google's attempts to sell access to books it scanned from university libraries.

Unusual Ruling for Academic Freedom

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Federal judge rejects lawsuit by Turkish group against U. of Minnesota for one of its research centers having declared the organization's material "unreliable."

Wisconsin Stands Up for Professor

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In response to politician's request for faculty member's e-mails, university releases some but strongly backs academic freedom.

Free to Speak Out

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U.S. appeals court rejects idea -- adopted by several lower courts -- that a 2006 Supreme Court ruling limited the rights of public higher ed faculty.

'The Constitution Goes to College'

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A new book, The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University (New York University Press), argues that key values in American higher education can be traced to the U.S. Constitution. Some of the traditions in academe that the book traces to the Constitution include the divide between public and private spheres, the distinction between rights and privileges and ideas of equality.

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