Court rulings

Life in a Google Book Search World

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Months after Google reached a settlement with copyright holders, concerns remain about the impact its Book Search will have on libraries and potential competitors.

'The Trials of Academe'

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When in doubt, sue. That philosophy has become an expected part of American society and (to the frustration of many in higher education) academe as well. A new book -- The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation (Harvard University Press) -- combines humor and history to examine the impact (most of it negative) of academic disputes landing in court. Amy Gajda, the author, is assistant professor of journalism and law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

One Accreditor's Opinion

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A United States District Court judge argued that accrediting agencies should be “afforded great deference in their interpretation of their substantive rules,” when he recently upheld an agency’s decision to strip a small Presbyterian college of its accreditation as a result of the significant debt the institution has accumulated.

Contract Non-Renewal = Dismissal

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In discrimination suit against Cornell labor school, U.S. appeals panel finds that letting an instructor's contract lapse is an "adverse employment action."

First Amendment in the Classroom

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Federal judge rejects college's request to apply Supreme Court ruling in way that would limit free speech rights of faculty members at public colleges.

Faculty Speech Rights Rejected

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Idaho State case becomes latest in which a judge rules that public college faculty members don't have First Amendment protection when criticizing administrators.

Win for Women Who Wrestled

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Federal appeals court sides sweepingly with female former athletes who sued U. of California-Davis.

A Win For Publishers

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U.S. academic publishing giants hope a favorable ruling by a German court will put a dent in the black market for pirated e-books.

Setback for Academic Medical Centers

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After years of court rulings that payments to doctors-in-training aren't taxable, federal appeals panel, responding to IRS rule change, finds otherwise. Decision could be costly.

Taking Sides

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In key Supreme Court case, major higher ed associations back right of public colleges to apply anti-bias policies to religious student groups. Some Christian colleges object.

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