Category Archives: Legal

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Louis Freeh Savages Penn State’s Leaders and Calls for Its President to Resign

Louis J. Freeh, who five years ago produced a scathing report on the culpability of Pennsylvania State University administrators in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, released a two-page statement on Friday that tore into the university’s leaders and called for the resignation of President Eric J. Barron.

The statement, reported by Penn Live, appeared hours after a jury in Dauphin County Court convicted Graham B. Spanier, Penn State’s former president, on one misdemeanor count of enda…

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U. of Wisconsin Campus Reverses Course on Firing Employee Who Supported Trump’s Travel Ban

The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse has had a change of heart in its decision to fire a campus-police dispatcher, the La Crosse Tribune reports.

Joe Gow, the campus’s chancellor, told the Tribune that the university should have investigated “more fully” before making the decision to fire Kimberly Dearman. “We should have had a hearing. We were wrong on that,” Mr. Gow said.

In a letter to the University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents, Ms. Dearman’s lawyer, Lee Fehr, said the univer…

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Effort at Travel Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban that colleges have said would damage their appeal to international students and scholars but that President Trump has defended as necessary to protect the nation from terrorism.

In a 43-page ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order, effective nationally, to prevent the new travel-ban policy from being carried out.

The …

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2 Former Penn State Officials Plead Guilty in Sandusky Case

Two former administrators at Pennsylvania State University pleaded guilty on Monday to child endangerment, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, after years of maintaining their innocence for failing to report the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Charges of conspiracy against the two men, Timothy M. Curley, a former athletic director, and Gary C. Schultz, formerly a vice president, were dropped in exchange for their pleas.

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Chicago State Settles $4.3-Million Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

Chicago State University has agreed to pay $4.3 million to a former senior counsel who was fired after reporting leadership misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The settlement ends a lengthy legal dispute between the cash-strapped public university and the former employee, James Crowley.

Mr. Crowley says he was dismissed after reporting misconduct by Chicago State’s president at the time. In 2010 he sued the university, which in 2014 was ordered to pay him $2.5 million in damages plus back p…

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French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University at College Station was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially o…

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Graduate Students in 6 Departments at Yale Vote to Unionize

After months of legal disputes, graduate students in six academic departments at Yale University have voted to unionize, joining the union of graduate employees, Local 33, on Thursday, the Yale Daily News reports.

The departments of English, geology and geophysics, history, history of art, mathematics, and sociology voted to join the union in the elections. Students in two other departments, East Asian languages and literatures and political science, are still waiting on the results of challenge…

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Mexican Immigrant May Be First DACA Participant Arrested Under Trump

Federal authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and who might be the first participant in an Obama-era program for such immigrants to be detained since President Trump took office, reported the Reuters news agency.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the National Immigration Law Center called the news “unacceptable and horrifying.”

The immigrant, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has a 3-year-old child and no criminal record. He was det…

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Stanford U. Says Lawyer Was Not Dismissed Over Criticism

Responding to several news articles about Stanford University’s Title IX cases, the university released a Q&A with Lauren Schoenthaler, senior associate vice provost, about the adjudication process.

On February 9, The New York Times reported that Stanford had dismissed Crystal Riggins, a lawyer who had been hired to help students while they pursued sexual-assault complaints. The Times reported that Ms. Riggins had been fired for criticizing the university’s adjudication process to the newspaper.

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17 Universities Join N.Y. Legal Challenge to Trump Immigration Ban

Seventeen universities filed a brief on Monday supporting a court challenge to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“While the executive order is currently limited to seven countries, its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American universities,” the amicus brief says. “When the executive order went into effect, the 90-day suspension of entry left some of amici’s students, faculty, and scholars stranded abroad, while others were unable to leave the United States to tr…