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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
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Since 1970, officers on the Seattle campus have regularly patrolled the hallways of dormitories of the University of Washington. It is a community-policing strategy, a low-key way to engage students. However, the practice might cease this fall. In June, the state's Court of Appeals ruled that students have the same right to privacy in dormitory…
Descriptors: School Safety, Police, Dormitories, Student Rights
Tribbensee, Nancy – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
In a student production of "Dracula" at Texas A&M University some years ago, the final scene was exceptionally dramatic. One actor stabbed another, who was playing the vampire, in the chest with a real knife. A volunteer director from the community, who was assisting the drama club, had decided that the scene required the actual weapon, not the…
Descriptors: Employees, Sexual Harassment, Injuries, Supervision
Masterson, Kathryn – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports that as many as five colleges or charitable foundations whose endowments have suffered significant investment losses or were unable to access money in their accounts in recent months are considering legal action against their brokers or investment managers, alleging misrepresentation of risk or mismanagement. Jacob H.…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Trusts (Financial), Financial Services, Money Management
Franke, Ann H. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Brian Lindsay, a chemistry major, participated in a summer research program at St. Olaf College. The 10-week program required him to work in a laboratory under the direction of a chemistry professor. Lindsay received a $3,500 stipend and free housing. On July 11, 2002, he was performing a procedure to clean, or "quench," a flask. The…
Descriptors: Employment Level, State Courts, Court Litigation, College Students
Sanders, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Gregory A. Love, then a student at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, was beaten in 2002 with a baseball bat by a fellow student in a dormitory shower after Love made what his attacker perceived as a homosexual advance. The attacker was later convicted of aggravated assault and battery. Love sued Morehouse, arguing that the institution was liable for…
Descriptors: School Safety, Court Litigation, Homosexuality, Social Bias
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A Texas court's recent ruling that allowed a negligence lawsuit to proceed against 12 former administrators at Texas A&M University has some higher-education legal experts concerned about campus officials' liability in a variety of situations, including fraternity initiations, housing accidents, and student suicides. The decision was in favor…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Legal Responsibility, Administrators, College Administration
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
As the number of American students studying overseas increases, it will be difficult for colleges to establish or find enough adequate programs with challenging curricula. Students desire ever more remote locations, and colleges are being pushed to support the extremely adventurous. With more students studying abroad, and amid heightened fears…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Programs, Risk, Insurance
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