Court rulings

Harassment or Free Speech?

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Overturning the ruling of a lower court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has granted Arizona’s Maricopa Community College District immunity from a lawsuit filed by a group of Latino professors who charged that college officials had not sufficiently disciplined a colleague who sent e-mails they viewed as discriminatory.

4-Year Debate Over a Book Choice

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Freshmen who entered Ohio State University at Mansfield in the fall of 2006 are about to graduate. A legal battle set off by the selection of a book for them all to read their first semester only came to a close on Monday -- when a federal judge rejected a former librarian's lawsuit against the university.

EXTRA: Anti-Bias Rules Upheld

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled today, 5-to-4, that public colleges and universities may require religious organizations seeking recognition or funds as campus groups to comply with anti-bias rules.

New Venue for Anti-Bias Debate

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday settled a key question about the anti-bias rules of public colleges and universities. Under the ruling, public colleges and universities may limit recognition to student groups that abide by anti-bias rules -- even when the groups are religious and they object on religious grounds to some of the rules.

You Can't Charge for Controversy

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Let's say a student group wants to invite Sarah Palin to campus, or Bill Ayers for that matter. Can a public university say that approval is contingent on the student group paying all extra security costs associated with such a visit?

Judge Blocks Sale of Art by Fisk

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Ruling finds that a college's dire financial condition does not justify disregard of a donor's intent.

Win for Researcher Rights

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Judge blocks attempt by state attorney general to get records on a scientist's work at U. of Virginia; further court battles are likely.

Church and State and Student Activities

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Federal appeals court finds that U. of Wisconsin at Madison improperly rejected funds for Catholic activities that involved worship.

Key Win for Student Press

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Federal judge agrees that state law can give college newspapers the First Amendment protections that a controversial 2005 appeals court decision limited.

High Bar to Sue on Harassment Rules

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Federal appeals court rejects suit by student whose professor criticized his views opposing gay marriage.

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