Court rulings

Not So Free Speech in Campus Governance

Faculty groups fear federal court decision endangers the right of professors at public institutions to speak out on matters of campus policy.

Court Upholds U. of California Admissions Requirements

Federal judge rejects Christian group's challenge to university's system of assessing which high-school courses are suitable as preparatory credits.

Judicial Review Under Review

Case involving a suspended U. of Florida fraternity spurs questions about what opportunity student groups should have to respond to charges against them.

Gay Rights vs. Religious Rights

Federal judge, in first decision of its kind, finds that materials in "Safe Space" at Georgia Tech unconstitutionally evaluated different faiths.

Michigan Ruling Bars Domestic Partner Benefits

Impact of decision by state's highest court is unclear on latest approach by universities to providing health insurance to gay couples and others.

Legal Win for Indiana Faculty Who Aren't Renewed

If a university declined to renew a non-tenure-track professor's fixed-term teaching contract, is the professor then voluntarily unemployed? According to the Indiana Supreme Court last week, the answer is no, a decision that would make the former employee eligible for unemployment benefits -- just as if he had been terminated through no fault of his own.

Mixed Ruling in Tulane Lawsuit on 'Donor Intent'

Louisiana law gives donors and their heirs the right to sue to colleges and other nonprofit groups that fail to carry out terms of their gifts, the state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

U.S. Court Rejects 'Pervasively Sectarian' Test

In a major victory for religious colleges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Colorado may not distinguish between sectarian and "pervasively sectarian" colleges to deny state funds to students in the latter category. Such distinctions, the court ruled, amount to illegal state preferences for some religious groups over others.

Court Strikes Down 'Overbroad' Harassment Policy

A federal appeals court on Monday declared Temple University's now-abandoned sexual harassment policy unconstitutional -- and it did so in a way that legal experts agree could make it much more difficult for colleges and universities to defend nondiscrimination policies that limit the speech of students.

Clarence Thomas, Champion of Black Colleges

Supreme Court justice urges educators to respect their mission -- and also reflects on his early days, desegregation and affirmative action.


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