Court rulings

Crime and (Minimal) Punishment

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State judge says NYU can't order student found guilty of marijuana possession to perform 500 hours of community service.

2 Suicide Suits Conclude

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Jury finds Allegheny not responsible for student's death; MIT settles closely watched case.

U. of Phoenix Loses in U.S. Court

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Appeals panel clears way for lawsuit charging for-profit university with defrauding government of billions.

Oops, Never Mind, Appeals Court Says

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Federal panel reverses earlier ruling and upholds Gannon University's right under U.S. law to change a former minister's duties.

Gun Rights vs. College Rights

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State Supreme Court says U. of Utah can't bar firearms, setting up federal court battle on academic freedom and autonomy.

Delay of Affirmative Action Ban Rejected

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Federal appeals panel finds no reason to delay Michigan measure or let universities finish year with old policies.

A Freewheeling Academic Freedom Debate

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Stanley Fish, Elena Kagan and others mull recent case studies and hypothetical situations in a law school context.

Poking Holes in the State Immunity Shield

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Federal appeals panel decision may make it harder for public colleges to protect themselves from patent and other lawsuits.

Tobacco on Trial in California

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Regents tabled a decision on banning tobacco funding, but they may have done so without having all the information.

Defeat for Same-Sex Benefits

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Michigan appeals court says state ban on gay marriage also limits benefits public colleges can offer gay employees.

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