Category Archives: Legal

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Asian-American Groups Accuse Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale of Bias in Admissions

A long list of Asian-American groups plans on Monday to call for federal investigations of Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University for alleged discrimination in admissions.

The Asian American Coalition for Education, consisting of more than 100 local, state, and national Asian-American organizations, intends to ask the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the three institutions. Its letter of complaint to the two federal a…


Professor Is Awarded $2.2 Million in Discrimination Case Against William Paterson U.

A black education professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey has been awarded a total of more than $2 million in damages after a jury found that the college harassed and discriminated against her because of her race and religion, The Record reported on Thursday.

The professor, Althea Hylton-Lindsay, filed suit in 2013, saying she had been harassed after a new dean, Candace Burns, came to the university. A week after Ms. Hylton-Lindsay filed a complaint with the college, she was remov…


Rutgers Will Pay $300,000 to Settle Lawsuit by Former Basketball Player

Rutgers University has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former men’s basketball player who said he had been mistreated, the Asbury Park Press reported on Thursday.

The former athlete, Derrick Randall, sued in 2013 after Rutgers fired the men’s basketball coach, Mike Rice, for mistreating his players. He was dismissed after the disclosure of videos that showed him throwing basketballs and shouting at members of his team.

Mr. Randall, who has a learning disability, sought damages fo…


2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements

Two for-profit universities owned by the Apollo Education Group will stop including mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements, the company announced on Thursday.

Students at the University of Phoenix and Western International University will not have arbitration clauses in their enrollment agreements as of July 1, according to a news release.

The group has come under fire for its policy that does not allow students who say they’ve been defrauded to take the colleges to cou…


Police Records Reveal Further Assault Allegations Against Baylor Football Players

A trove of police records, obtained by ESPN, reveal new allegations of criminal behavior — including sexual assault — against football players at Baylor University. The news report, just the latest in an investigative series by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, came out as Baylor officials were reviewing an outside report into the university’s response to alleged sexual assaults.

According to the ESPN report, many players were involved in incidents from 2011 to 2015, few were disciplined by the universi…


Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Religious Colleges’ Contraception Case

Rather than rule on the merits of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s provision for private health-insurance plans to offer women free access to contraception, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to send the case back to a lower court.

During oral arguments in the case, Zubik v. Burwell, No. 14-1418, in March, lawyers representing religious colleges argued that their clients were morally opposed to any involvement of their employee-insurance plans in providing contraception coverage. T…


Obama Administration to Issue Directive on Transgender Access to Bathrooms

The Obama administration will issue a directive on Friday that public-school districts must allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, The New York Times and The Washington Post report. The mandate contains an implicit threat that institutions that do not comply risk losing federal funds.

A statement…


U. of Tennessee Freshman Faces 9 Counts of Felony Theft on Campus

After discovering more than $100,000 in stolen items such as laptops, cameras, and laboratory equipment in a dormitory room over the weekend, the University of Tennessee police charged a freshman with nine counts of felony theft and five misdemeanor counts, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The student, Yibo (David) Hwang, was arrested on Friday. A graduate student reported seeing Mr. Hwang in the Science Engineering and Research Building after hours, and when she asked him if he was lost,…


UNC Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Controversial Bathroom Law

The University of North Carolina system was caught in a flurry of legal activity on Monday as the federal government continued its push against a contentious state law banning transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, while the state filed its own lawsuit in return.

The U.S. Department of Justice said last week that the university’s decision to comply with the law, known as HB2, was a violation of federal civil-rights statutes, and gave state and UNC …


U.S. Tells UNC It Violates Federal Law by Following Controversial Bathroom Bill

The U.S. Department of Justice has notified the president of the University of North Carolina system that it is violating federal civil-rights law by following a controversial new state law that has drawn widespread criticism as biased against transgender people.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure into law in March. It was enacted in response to an antidiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that extended protections to gay and transgender people. The state measure, known as…