Now Is The Time To Reevaluate Campus Protest Safety Protocols

The tragic events flowing from the Charlottesville march have provided a stark reminder that while institutions of higher learning should be nurturers of free thought and open dialogue, they must be vigilant in balancing free speech with campus safety. In the days following the violence in Charlottesville, University of Virginia (UVA) undertook an honest and critical review […]

Caught In The Weeds: Reconciling Massachusetts And Federal Laws About Marijuana

In Massachusetts, medical marijuana has been legal since 2013. People need only obtain documentation from their physicians certifying that they suffer from a debilitating medical condition and the use of medical marijuana helps alleviate some of their symptoms. But, without a valid medical marijuana card, it was still illegal to possess or use marijuana. This […]

How Schools Should Handle Post-Election Protest Activity

Very soon after the announcement that Donald Trump had won the presidential election, a number of college campuses were abuzz with protest activity. While most of the response was peaceful, some of it was confrontational, leaving school administrators the task of making difficult decisions about how to manage protests.

NCAA Issues Stiff Sanctions Against GSU for Unethical Conduct

On July 7, 2016, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issued a Public Infractions Decision against Georgia Southern University (GSU) in connection with allegations of academic violations involving two GSU staff members and three football players during 2013 and 2014.

Federal Courts Decline To Dismiss Title IX Claims Brought By Students Accused of Sexual Assault

Given the attention and press the issue of sexual misconduct on campus has received in recent years, schools have moved quickly to develop and implement investigation and adjudication procedures to address the issue and to comply with evolving standards and obligations for Title IX compliance. However, in the wake of the movement towards stricter action […]

Asian American Groups Request Investigation of Harvard University’s Admission Practices

A coalition of 64 Asian American Associations filed an administrative complaint with the federal Departments of Education and Justice against Harvard University, requesting an investigation of Harvard’s admission practices, specifically accusing Harvard and other Ivy League institutions of unlawfully discriminating against Asian American applicants. The administrative complaint buttresses a lawsuit filed last November by the […]

Sixth Circuit Reverses Lower Court’s Decision To Grant Medical Student His Degree

On January 28, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed a decision by the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, which had forced Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to grant a diploma to a medical student after the University had determined that the student lacked […]