Category Archives: Legal

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Judge Temporarily Blocks U. of Louisville’s Plan to Remove Confederate Monument

A judge in Jefferson County, Ky., issued a restraining order on Monday that for now has blocked the removal of a Confederate monument near the University of Louisville, The Courier-Journal reported.

Louisville’s mayor, Gregory E. Fischer, and the university’s president, James R. Ramsey, announced their plans on Friday to remove the monument.

Everett Corley, a Republican congressional candidate in a district that includes the university, sought the restraining order to stop Mr. Fischer and Mr. Ra…


Suspended Professor Sues Marquette U. for Breach of Contract

A political-science professor at Marquette University who was suspended in January is suing the institution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

In the lawsuit, John McAdams, an associate professor of political science, accuses Marquette of breach of contract, according to the newspaper. The suit, filed on behalf of Mr. McAdams by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, also asserts that the university illegally suspended him after he published a controversial blog post on free speech.


Graduate Students at U. of Missouri Vote in Favor of Unionization

More than 80 percent of the nearly 800 University of Missouri at Columbia graduate students who participated in balloting on Monday and Tuesday voted in favor of the Coalition of Graduate Workers as having the right to exclusively represent them in collective bargaining, the Columbia Missourian reported.

According to the newspaper, a simple majority in the vote allows the group to move forward toward unionization, but, before negotiating, the coalition must wait for the administration’s recognit…


East Carolina U. Police Officer Is Fired After Handcuffing Black Beating Victim

An East Carolina University police officer was fired on Tuesday after the university determined that he had violated the department’s policies while responding to a fight, East Carolina said in a news release.

The officer, Ralph Whitehurst, responded to a fight on March 17 that began at a club in downtown Greenville when a man hit a woman in the face, The News and Observer reported. The woman and two other men, who are white, later assaulted the man, who is black, on the campus.

After the man wa…


Brigham Young Student Who Sought Immunity for Assault Victims Files Title IX Complaint

The Brigham Young University student who started an online petition to demand that an immunity clause for victims of sexual assault be added to the Mormon institution’s strict honor code has now filed a federal Title IX complaint against the university, the Huffington Post reports.

Madi Barney, a sophomore, filed the complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Monday. That was the same day the university released a statement saying, “We understand the concerns tha…


Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Google Books Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge by the Authors Guild, which argued that the Google Books project to scan about 20 million books for an online library violated copyright law, Reuters reported on Monday.

The Authors Guild began its legal battle with Google Books in 2005, saying the online service violated copyright law because Google profited while authors went without pay.

In October 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Google’s program was pr…


Watch Police Footage of Controversial Student Arrest at U. of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s police department released on Saturday seven videos related to the arrest of Denzel J. McDonald, a senior, in which an officer entered a lecture hall on Thursday and pulled Mr. McDonald from his Afro-American-studies class.

The first video, in which students’ faces have been blurred, shows an officer in the classroom asking Mr. McDonald, “Can we talk to you outside, man?” Mr. McDonald grabs his backpack and goes into the hallway with that officer and one…


Hundreds of Wisconsin Faculty Members ‘Refuse to Be Silent’ About Classroom Arrest

More than 520 faculty and staff members and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have signed an open letter that says the university police department went “well beyond the call of duty” on Thursday afternoon when officers entered a campus auditorium during an Afro-American-studies class and arrested a senior, Denzel J. McDonald, on 11 counts of graffiti. In the letter, the signers said they would “refuse to be silent” and they called for an end of “anti-black racism on ca…


Berkeley Will Pay $4.75 Million in Settlement Over Football Player’s Death

The University of California at Berkeley has agreed to pay $4.75 million in a settlement with the family of a deceased football player, Ted Agu, who died after an off-season conditioning session in 2014, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The player’s family sued the university after his death, alleging that coaches had failed to assist Mr. Agu during a vigorous workout and also had failed to disclose to the coroner’s office that Mr. Agu had sickle-cell trait, a blood condition that leaves tho…


Students From UMass and Harvard Are Arrested in Protests Over Fossil-Fuel Divestment

About 15 protesters were arrested on Tuesday night after refusing to leave the Whitmore Administration Building at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The protesters, who have called on the university system to divest holdings in fossil-fuel companies, began their sit-in on Monday morning, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The protesters called for Martin T. Meehan, the university’s president, and Victor Woolridge, its Board of Trustees chairman, to commit to full fossil-fuel div…