With Title IX Guidance in Flux, It May Be ‘Open Hunting Season’ for Lawyers

Obama-era guidance led to more lawyers representing accused rapists on campus. Now that the guidance has been rescinded, even more lawyers may get involved.



Public Records Appear to Have Been Altered by Former General Counsel, U. of Florida Audit Finds

The auditors mostly stopped short of issuing formal findings but identified multiple irregularities in how records requests seem to have been handled.


Lawsuits From Students Accused of Sex Assault Cost Many Colleges More Than $200,000

The financial burden of defending against allegations that a college mishandled a sexual-misconduct case can be significant, a new analysis finds.



On Affirmative Action, Candice Jackson Said Civil-Rights Office Would Not ‘Push a Social Agenda’

In June, the top civil-rights official at the Education Department told a meeting of college lawyers that she didn’t “foresee there being any new regulation or policy on the topic of racial preferences” in admissions.


What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly taking aim at colleges’ consideration of race in admissions. Here’s a look at where the issue stands.



Race-Conscious Admissions Returns to the Spotlight

Barely a year after the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to issue its final word on this form of affirmative action, the issue is back, following a Justice Department memo that seemed to promise Trump-administration investigations of colleges. Here’s all of The Chronicle’s coverage.



College Lawyers Welcome New Clarity of Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights

The Trump administration is responding to their frustrations about guidance on how to deal with sexual assaults, campus legal officials say.



Spanier Is Found Guilty of Child Endangerment in Sandusky Sex-Abuse Case

After deliberating for more than 12 hours, the jury handed down the long-awaited split verdict.



What Trump’s Supreme Court Choice Might Mean for Higher Ed

Neil M. Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge who teaches at the University of Colorado Law School, could help shape academe for decades to come.



Title IX Officers Pay a Price for Navigating a Volatile Issue

Two high-profile departures of Title IX administrators underscore the pressures that come with being a college’s "moral compass."



What the Future Holds for the Federal Crackdown on Campus Sexual Assault

In the Obama administration’s waning months, hundreds of colleges remain under investigation. Legal challenges may change the landscape, but the government’s action has already left its mark.



Wave of Campus Activism Brings Fresh Challenges for College Lawyers

Protests over race relations and debates over the rights of transgender people are among the campus issues fueling new conversations on longstanding civil-rights issues.



Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plan — and to Hopes of ‘Dreamers’

A deadlocked vote by the justices preserves a lower court’s ruling against a proposal that would have shielded from deportation many parents and siblings of college students.



Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Just Got Easier to Defend

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the University of Texas both fleshes out how colleges can stay out of legal trouble and blunts some of the weapons used to attack affirmative action.



'Fisher' in Context: Making Sense of the Decision

Get up to speed with a collection of past Chronicle coverage.



How to Use The Chronicle’s Title IX Tracker, and What We’ve Learned

Updating our tracker has revealed insights into how investigations unfold and how some of them are resolved. Here are some of the most interesting examples.


Independent Investigators Seek to Save Colleges From Themselves

Whom do governing boards call when their college is under fire for mishandling a sexual assault? An outsider.



In Supreme Court Fight Over Contraception, Each Side Accuses the Other of Obstinance

The court's conservatives asked whether the government could do more to accommodate objections by religious colleges and others. The liberal justices suggested those groups are making excessive demands.



What It Took to Resolve a Federal Sexual-Assault Investigation at UVa

A trove of nearly 2,000 pages of communication obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows increasingly difficult negotiations, with UVa ratcheting up the pressure on the Education Department to soften its findings.



‘Trump U.’ Draws Unflattering Spotlight to the Candidate as Fraud Cases Move Forward

The now-defunct university, which promised to "turn anyone into a successful real-estate investor," is the subject of lawsuits filed by the New York attorney general and former students in California.



Antonin Scalia’s Death Probably Won’t Affect ‘Fisher,’ but It Could Change the Future of Affirmative Action

The passing of the sharp-tongued Supreme Court justice doesn't alter the math of a ruling on the University of Texas at Austin's policy. The long-term conversation about race-conscious admissions is another story.



Supreme Court Laments How Little It Really Knows About Race-Conscious Admissions

In revisiting a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race, the justices pressed lawyers for data showing whether the policy is necessary.



The Supreme Court Could Fuel Campus Unrest in Ruling on Race in Admissions

A case involving affirmative action at the University of Texas gives the justices a chance to further limit colleges’ efforts to meet rising student demands for more diversity.



What the Supreme Court Will Be Asking as It Revisits Affirmative Action

In hearing a challenge to race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, the justices are likely to focus on applying established limits on such policies, not scrapping them.


Public-College Leaders’ Use of Private Email Accounts Could Go Undetected

States’ open-records laws often lack teeth. The absence of more controversies like the one in Illinois may simply reflect that hidden emails are staying hidden.