Court rulings

Early Retirement Payments Are Taxable, Court Rules

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Federal appeals panel orders Pitt to pay $2.2 million in Social Security taxes, deeming professors' tenure to be just another right based on past service to university.

Scrutiny for Student Fees

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In challenge to support for NYPIRG, appeals court rejects SUNY-Albany's use of "advisory" votes on whether certain groups should get college funds.

Post-Katrina, No Such Thing as a Free Semester?

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Federal judge slaps down suit from former student who says Loyola U. New Orleans should refund tuition from fall 2005 -- when another law school enrolled him for free.

Fallout from Fresno State's Multi-Million Dollar Case(s)

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Just five months ago, a $5.85 million verdict in favor of Linda L. Vivas, the former California State University at Fresno women's volleyball coach, set a record for Title IX verdicts. On Thursday, a second Fresno jury blew that mark away, ordering the university to pay $19.1 million to Stacy Johnson-Klein in a case that involved alleged sex discrimination and retaliation for the former women's basketball coach's advocacy for female athletes.

Key Legal Win in Adjunct Union Battle

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Federal appeals court rejects Pace University's attempt to exclude new instructors from bargaining unit.

An Expensive Expulsion

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When U. of the Cumberlands expelled a gay student, it set off a chain of events that may lead to its losing a $10 million appropriation.

Ohio Court Unravels Professor's Victory in Age Discrimination Case

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It is probably cold comfort to Robert Lipset that the three judges of the Ohio Court of Appeals who heard his age discrimination case against Ohio University acknowledged in their ruling that the university may have paid too little heed to his teaching excellence, saying that "we, if sitting as Lipset's promotion and tenure committee, may have valued educational considerations over financial and research considerations.

Not So Free Speech in Campus Governance

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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

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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

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

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