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Sandoval, Timothy – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As colleges and lawmakers seek better data about the employment success of graduates, a lack of standardized tracking makes much of the information unreliable. Many colleges release placement rates based on scant information: More than a third of colleges' reported rates in 2010 were based on responses from half of their graduates or fewer,…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Expertise, Law Schools, College Graduates
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding the Texas admissions case that exposes gaps in the affirmative-action law. As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, it became evident that the court's past rulings on such policies have failed to…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Minority Groups, Minority Group Students, Race
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The Supreme Court's members generally are too decorous to exclaim "I told you so." But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stands perched on the edge of an I-told-you-so moment, thanks to the court's decision to take up a challenge to a race-conscious college-admission policy that poses some of the same questions he had accused…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Law Schools, Colleges, Higher Education
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Conduct officers have been moving away from the legalistic disciplinary systems that colleges built in the latter half of the 20th century on the belief that they'd lose lawsuits without them. Confident now that judges won't expect those systems to conform to the rules of criminal procedure, colleges are making hearings less like trials, and more…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Conflict Resolution, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility
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
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
In March the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary decision that could have significant ramifications for universities that use course-management software, as well as for the companies that make it. The "nonfinal" decision rejects all 44 claims Blackboard Inc. made for its controversial patent of an online-learning system.…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Court Litigation, Computer Software, Educational Technology
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Judge Claude M. Hilton, of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, in March found that scanning the student papers for the purpose of detecting plagiarism is a "highly transformative" use that falls under the fair-use provision of copyright law. He ruled that the company "makes no use of any work's particular expressive or creative…
Descriptors: Judges, Plagiarism, Copyrights, Laws
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Accreditation and public safety are vital issues for colleges, but rarely do they put the two together. The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators is trying to change that. The group, known as Iaclea, started accrediting colleges' police and public-safety departments last year, holding them to a strict set of standards.…
Descriptors: Safety, Police, Compliance (Legal), Law Enforcement
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in December in a case that could make it more difficult for plaintiffs to win sexual-discrimination or sexual-harassment lawsuits against colleges and other educational institutions. The justices will decide whether to uphold a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Higher Education
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Thirty years ago, Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. sent the nation's selective colleges down a path where few had ventured before. In the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in "Regents of the University of California v. Bakke," he wrote that colleges were legally justified in giving some modest consideration to their applicants' race, so…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Higher Education, Selective Admission, Court Litigation
Carnevale, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Many college officials have criticized Blackboard Inc. for its patent on its course-management system, arguing that the patent is overly broad and seems to cover the entire concept of online learning. Critics of Blackboard and other companies that have patents on learning technology are welcoming a recent Supreme Court ruling that they hope may…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Court Litigation, Information Technology, Educational Technology
Eisenberg, Meyer; Franke, Ann H. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The investigations of student-loan programs around the country echo previous scandals in the financial world involving stock offerings and mutual funds. The relationships between lenders and financial-aid officers seem to raise the same questions about impropriety, conflict of interest, and possible fraud. Indeed, lessons from Wall Street can…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Student Financial Aid, Deception, Conflict of Interest
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
How colleges should report crimes on and near their campuses is a high-stakes question that, for the first time, a federal appellate court has tried to answer. Colleges are required to issue "timely warnings" under the federal campus-crime law known as the Clery Act, but how fast those warnings should come and what kind of information they should…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Crime, Federal Legislation, Foreign Countries
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
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