Court rulings

Setting the Rules on Free Expression

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Federal appeals court ruling on U. of Arkansas helps clarify what public colleges can and can't do in regulating use of their campuses.

Following the Money

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In church-state dispute, court says just because a university has spent federal grant doesn't mean it can't be forced to repay it.

A Win for Anti-Bias Policies

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Federal judge says public university doesn't have to recognize student groups that discriminate.

Limited Victory for Christian Fraternity

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Federal judge makes clear that Chapel Hill must continue to recognize organization, but dismisses suit against university.

Knox Found Negligent in Student's Death

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Eight years after a mentally ill man beat a fellow student to death in a dimly lit stairwell on the Knox College campus, an Illinois jury has found the college negligent and ordered it to pay $1.05 million to the family of the murdered student.

In March 1988, Clyde A. Best, then a student at Knox, a private liberal-arts institution in Galesburg, Ill., beat Andrea Racibozynski, a 19-year-old freshman, to death with a brick in a glass-enclosed stairwell. Best was sentenced to 60 years in prison in 1999 after pleading guilty but mentally ill.

Less Leeway for Religious Colleges

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U.S. appeals court ruling narrows an exception giving them broad latitude in labor decisions governing "ministerial" employees.

Ever-Expanding False Claims Act

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Federal court ruling further broadens scope of law that allows individuals to sue colleges they accuse of defrauding government.

Justices Punt on Academic Freedom

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Supreme Court ruling narrows free speech rights of public employees -- but avoids question about relevance to higher education.

Is Tenure Just Another Form of 'Wages'?

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Instructors who give up tenure as part of early retirement or severance plans must pay Social Security taxes on the payments they receive, a divided federal appeals court ruled last week. Although the court’s ruling came in a case involving public school teachers, it conflicts with another appeals court’s 2001 decision in a case involving professors at North Dakota State University, which may lead the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the issue nationally.

A Loss on Internet Rules

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Appeals court upholds regulation colleges fear could cost them billions, but cites exemption that could help some institutions.

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