Category Archives: Legal

Higher education in the courtroom.

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Brown U. and Native American Tribe End Standoff Over Land

Brown University and members of a group that identifies as Native American have reached an agreement concerning 375 acres of university land on which the group had encamped, Brown said on Monday in a news release.

The Native American group, the Pokanoket tribe, set up camp on the land, in Bristol, R.I., on August 20. The tribe asserted that the land belonged to the Pokanoket people by ancestral right.

Later members of a faculty committee in Brown’s program in Native American and indigenous studi…

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Evergreen State Will Pay $500,000 to Settle With Professor Who Criticized Handling of Protests

Evergreen State College will pay $500,000 to settle a legal claim by Bret Weinstein, the professor who criticized the Washington college’s handling of protests last spring, and his wife, Heather Heying. Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Heying, both professors at the college, resigned on Friday, and Evergreen State admitted no liability as part of an agreement, reported The Olympian.

In the spring, as students protested what they saw as racism on the campus, Mr. Weinstein appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight,

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Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellowship After CIA Chief’s Challenge

Harvard University’s Kennedy School has rescinded a visiting-fellow invitation to Chelsea Manning, according to a statement by Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School.

Ms. Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier, was convicted of leaking classified government data. Her prison sentence was later commuted.

After the university announced that Ms. Manning would be a visiting fellow on the campus, Michael Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, canceled his planned appearance at a K…

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U. of California Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Decision

Updated (9/8/2017, 6:11 p.m.) with more information about the lawsuit, including comments by Janet Napolitano at a news conference.

The University of California has accused the Trump administration in a lawsuit of violating the university system’s rights, and the rights of its students, by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the university said on Friday in a news release.

The Obama-era program, known as DACA, allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the Unit…

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Board Votes to Ban U. of North Carolina Civil-Rights Center From Litigating Cases

The University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors voted on Friday to ban the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights from litigating cases, the Associated Press reports.

The center performs legal work for minority and low-income groups, and has handled cases involving school desegregation and environmental justice.

Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wrote a letter in July to the board expressing support for the center’s litigation. Board mem…

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Serious Charges Are Dismissed for Penn State Fraternity Members in Pledge’s Death

A judge on Friday dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault against eight Pennsylvania State University fraternity members, who still face various other charges related to the death of Timothy Piazza following an initiation event, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

In May, 18 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity were charged for not helping Mr. Piazza in February after he consumed toxic amounts of alcohol during a fraternity initiation ceremony, and suffered several…

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U. of North Carolina Is the Latest to Deny Event Space to White Nationalist

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has denied a request by the white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on its campus, Chancellor Carol L. Folt said on Wednesday in a statement.

The decision was made based on the safety risks that a visit by Mr. Spencer could present, Ms. Folt said in the statement.

UNC-Chapel Hill joins Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M University at College Station in denying requests from Mr. Spen…

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Penn State Is the Latest to Deny a Request for a White-Nationalist Event

Pennsylvania State University has denied the National Policy Institute its request to have the white supremacist Richard Spencer speak on campus, according to a statement from Eric J. Barron, the university’s president.

Penn State is at least the fourth university to deny Mr. Spencer a speaking event after deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., at the University of Virginia. Other campuses turning down the requests include Michigan State University, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M Uni…

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Troubled Charlotte School of Law Will Close Its Doors, Reports Say

Updated (9:25 p.m., 8/15/2017) with additional detail.

Charlotte School of Law, a troubled for-profit law school in North Carolina, will close its doors for good ahead of the fall semester, according to several reports.

Lee Robertson Jr., president of the institution’s alumni group, said in an e-mail sent on Tuesday morning to the group’s members that he had spoken to the interim dean, Paul Meggett, and that it seemed there was no path forward. Students, he added, would be informed on Tuesday.

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Former Official Sues Southern U. Over Termination

Brandon Dumas, a former vice chancellor at Southern University at Baton Rouge, has sued the Louisiana institution weeks after he was fired, The Advocate reports.

Last month Mr. Dumas, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, was told by Ray L. Belton, Southern’s president and chancellor, that he would be dismissed, effective on August 10. Mr. Belton did not say why Mr. Dumas would be fired, but The Advocate reports he was put on administrative leave a few days after the uni…