Inside the Process That Jump-Starts Federal Sex-Harassment Lawsuits

Filing charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a necessary prelude to pursuing a federal case. Here’s what the data show about who files and what happens next.



As U. of Washington Braces for Right-Wing Rally, Judge Bars It From Charging Security Fee

A federal court ruled in favor of the College Republicans’ effort to keep administrators from billing them $17,000.



Security Costs Loom Larger in Campus Free-Speech Fights. A Lawsuit Shows Why.

The University of Washington’s College Republicans are contesting a decision to charge them $17,000 for a campus rally featuring a controversial right-wing speaker. Such battles are spreading to campuses nationwide.



After Nassar Conviction, Michigan State Goes on Trial

But holding the university or its employees accountable for wrongdoing in any of the several investigations that are underway may prove difficult.



Michigan State Trustee Calls for University’s General Counsel to Resign

Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the Larry Nassar case is seen as an effort to build a legal defense for Michigan State, not to shed light on sexual-assault accusations. One trustee says that Robert Noto, the university’s general counsel, must go.


Berkeley Breaks Silence on Arrest of Undocumented Student

Carol Christ, chancellor of the University of California's flagship campus, said in a statement that administrators are "taking all appropriate actions" so that Luis Mora can eventually continue his coursework. 



Tufts Postpones Appearance by Anthony Scaramucci After Lawsuit Threat

Two opinion articles in the student newspaper bothered the former White House communications director so much that he threatened legal action.



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 Now that the guidance has been rescinded, even more lawyers may get involved.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.