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Eisen, Arri; Westmoreland, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Last summer, Governor Bobby Jindal signed the Louisiana Science Education Act into law. Although the name of the bill sounds innocuous, it is backed by the intelligent-design movement and will no doubt lead to yet another court case on teaching evolution and creationism in school and college classrooms. After all, courts and classrooms have served…
Descriptors: Evolution, Creationism, Court Litigation, Teaching Methods
Lake, Peter F. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In their efforts to manage the college environment, many higher-education institutions have deployed complex systems of student discipline--often in the form of legalistic codes of conduct. Paradoxically, says the author, major challenges involving students on campuses appear to be getting worse: high-risk alcohol/drug use persists; student…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Discipline Problems, Discipline, Drug Use
Kochersberger, Bob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The author shares how he helps a student who is a drug addict and reflects about the role of teachers on the campus. He believes that most teachers on the faculty are caring individuals, often parents themselves who want the best for their students. But the author also realizes that teachers are pressed for time, have a wide range of conflicting…
Descriptors: College Students, Drug Addiction, College Faculty, Teacher Role
White, Lawrence – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Just a few days before the shootings at Virginia Tech, officials at the University of Delaware received a complaint from the family of a female undergraduate student. The family said that Maciej Murakowski, a 19-year-old student who lived in the same residence hall as their daughter, had posted material on his Web site that made the woman fearful…
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Freedom of Speech, Civil Rights, College Students
Alger, Jonathan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its first decision in many decades on the meaning of the right to keep and bear arms under the Constitution. The ruling could have a significant impact on federal gun-control regulations. The Second Amendment has historically not been held to apply to state regulations, but a decision by the…
Descriptors: Weapons, Court Litigation, Gun Control, Universities
Manicone, Nicolas M. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A case that the Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled on dealt with the question of whether a professor whose fixed-term contract expires becomes unemployed on a voluntary or involuntary basis. Indiana State University appointed William LaFief as an assistant professor of marketing for the 2004-2005 calendar year. After reappointing him for…
Descriptors: Unemployment, Eligibility, Court Litigation, College Faculty
Smith, Robert B.; Fleming, Dana L. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Virginia recently became the first state to pass legislation that bars public colleges and universities from punishing or expelling students "solely for attempting to commit suicide, or seeking mental-health treatment for suicidal thoughts or behaviors." While well intentioned, the law adds nothing to current law and will, in fact, make…
Descriptors: Colleges, Legal Responsibility, Suicide, College Students
Tapia, Richard A. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
For more than four decades, universities have used affirmative-action policies to increase the participation of U.S.-born women and members of minority groups in higher education, where traditionally they have been under-represented. Yet those policies, often applied in decisions about which students to admit and which faculty members to hire,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Court Litigation, Cultural Pluralism, Affirmative Action
Rahdert, Mark C. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Since President Bush named Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, speculation has run high as to where the new court may be headed. Citing three recent cases ("Morse v. Frederick", "Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc." and "Garcetti v.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Higher Education