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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Judge Faults University for Requiring Student to Prove He Was Innocent of Sexual Misconduct

In a high-profile case at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a star wrestler had been disciplined over charges that he assaulted a female student.

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What to Expect as the Supreme Court Revisits Race in Admissions

The Supreme Court stands to revive the affirmative-action debate and throw questions of class into the mix.

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Terminations, Accusations, Threats: The Fight Over a Law School’s Planned Sale Gets Muddier

Law schools nationwide are facing hard times. At Charleston School of Law, the problems are magnified by a bitter feud over whether a sale is the only way to save the school.

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Company Behind Online 2-Year College Sues the Accreditor That Shut It Down

Ivy Bridge Education accuses the Higher Learning Commission of conducting a "witch hunt" against nontraditional education providers.

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Why Colleges Don’t Do More to Rein In Frats

Fraternity houses often feel like no-accountability zones for many reasons. But most of them come back to simple matters of cost and liability.

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City College of San Francisco Wins a Reprieve in Its Accreditation Battle

Its accreditor approved the college’s application for "restoration" status, giving the institution two years to come into compliance.

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For Colleges, Student-Privacy Law Can Be an Obligation and a Shield

When its quarterback was accused of sexual assault, the University of Florida erred on the side of disclosure. Colleges typically do the opposite.

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What California’s New Sexual-Consent Law Means for Its Colleges

A newly signed bill requires colleges to adopt a “yes means yes” standard in handling sexual-assault cases. Here’s how that definition will play out.

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5 Plaintiffs Reach Agreement With UConn in Sexual-Assault Lawsuit

The university said it would pay nearly $1.3-million to settle the case brought by the women, who are current or former undergraduates.

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Race in Admissions at the U. of Texas: How We Got Here, and What's Next

The dispute over the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions has a long legal history. Here's a guide to key moments in the case.

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College Lawyers Confront a Thicket of Rules on Sexual Assault

Institutions want to protect their students, but some worry that campuses are being thrust into a law-enforcement role.

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Liability in the Lab: UCLA Case Sends a Signal to Universities

The lab's director avoided jail time, but experts say the precedent-setting case still adds to pressure on institutions to improve lab safety.