Legal issues

You Can't Charge for Controversy

Let's say a student group wants to invite Sarah Palin to campus, or Bill Ayers for that matter. Can a public university say that approval is contingent on the student group paying all extra security costs associated with such a visit?

Win for Researcher Rights

Judge blocks attempt by state attorney general to get records on a scientist's work at U. of Virginia; further court battles are likely.

Looking the Other Way

Professor punished by Saint Vincent College for allegedly downloading pornography sues, amid evidence that officials ignored another employee's confession.

High Bar to Sue on Harassment Rules

Federal appeals court rejects suit by student whose professor criticized his views opposing gay marriage.

High Court to Hear Patent Case

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

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

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

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

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.

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