Category Archives: Legal

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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…

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Trump Administration Will Investigate Affirmative Action in College Admissions, Report Says

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to investigate race-based admissions practices at colleges and universities, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times.

Little is known beyond the document, first reported on by the Times. According to the newspaper, the document, sent to the department’s civil-rights division, seeks lawyers who want to participate in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and unive…

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U. of North Carolina Chancellor Criticizes Board’s Proposal to Hamstring Civil-Rights Center

Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has publicly proclaimed her support for an embattled civil-rights center’s ability to pursue litigation, The News & Observer reports.

The university system’s Board of Governors is considering a proposal to prevent the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in any litigation. In the past, the center — which was founded in 2001 by the civil-rights lawyer Julius Chambers — has taken on cases involving …

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Former Medical Dean at U. of Southern California Was a Drug User, Newspaper Reports

Updated (7/17/2017, 4:17 p.m.) with news on Dr. Puliafito’s work at the USC Roski Eye Institute.

The dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California was with a woman when she overdosed in a Pasadena hotel room last year, the Los Angeles Times reports.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

That instance was one of many drug-fueled episodes chronicled in the Times report about Carmen A. Puliafito, a renowned eye surgeon who stepped down from his position at the univers…

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Many Academics Have Taken Money From Google Without Disclosing It, Report Finds

The tech giant Google has paid academics up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to research topics that support the company’s business practices, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal, based on data compiled by the Campaign for Accountability, an advocacy group that has received funding from companies that compete with Google.

The newspaper reported that Google at times compiled “wish lists” of academic studies, complete with titles and abstracts, and then searched for aca…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Texas Campus-Carry Law

A lawsuit filed last year by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin that sought to reverse the state’s controversial campus-carry law has been dismissed by a federal judge, The Texas Tribune reports.

Lee Yeakel, the judge presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, wrote that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, a professor of sociology; Lisa L. Moore, a professor of English; and Mia Carter, an associate professor of English — di…

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18 States Sue Education Dept. Over Rollback of Borrower-Defense Rule

Updated (7/6/2017, 4:38 p.m.) with response from the Education Department.

A coalition of states is suing the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, and her department over its decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation aimed at reining in abuses by colleges that defraud students.

The lawsuit was announced by the office of Massachusetts’ attorney general, Maura Healey, which is leading the coalition of 18 states and the District of Columbia in the dispute. The complaint, filed in federal court, ar…