Court rulings

Church and State (Universities)

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Major higher education groups urge Supreme Court to consider appeal of ruling they fear could force public colleges to financially support worship and other practices of religion.

Religion Financed With Student Fees

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal by U. of Wisconsin of ruling that could greatly expand the kinds of sectarian activities eligible for support at public colleges.

Federal Judge Limits Use of FERPA

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U.S. court says federal student privacy law does not forbid University of Illinois from releasing records about applicants.

Unusual Ruling for Academic Freedom

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Federal judge rejects lawsuit by Turkish group against U. of Minnesota for one of its research centers having declared the organization's material "unreliable."

Free to Speak Out

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U.S. appeals court rejects idea -- adopted by several lower courts -- that a 2006 Supreme Court ruling limited the rights of public higher ed faculty.

'The Constitution Goes to College'

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A new book, The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University (New York University Press), argues that key values in American higher education can be traced to the U.S. Constitution. Some of the traditions in academe that the book traces to the Constitution include the divide between public and private spheres, the distinction between rights and privileges and ideas of equality.

Supremes Rule Against Stanford

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Court's majority rules that Bayh-Dole law does not give universities and other contractors automatic ownership rights in inventions developed by their researchers.

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