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Competitive Cheerleading Advocates Undeterred

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A federal judge's ruling last week that a Connecticut university cannot use competitive cheerleading to meet its federal Title IX requirements has only indirect immediate implications for the other 10 or so colleges that now sponsor cheerleading as a varsity sport, since none of them include the teams in their calculations to meet gender equity standards.

You Can't Charge for Controversy

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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

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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

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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

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

'Back in Business' on Civil Rights

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WASHINGTON -- The standard line from President Obama and his aides is that after years of relative inattention from the Republican White House that preceded it, the new administration's civil rights infrastructure is "back in business," on the lookout for evidence of discrimination in the nation's schools and colleges.

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.

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