University of Tennessee Pharmacy Student Sues School Over Discipline for Social Media Posts

Kimberly Diel, a University of Tennessee pharmacy student, recently filed a first amendment lawsuit against the school, alleging the university expelled her because she posted on her private, personal social accounts the school deemed too sexual.  The pharmacy school complained that this was “unprofessional.”  It is all too common that…
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Supreme Court Rules Against UNC in Sexual Assault Discipline Case

Students educational records just became much less private, at least at state universities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently appealed a decision of the state supreme court all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  The North Carolina ruling required UNC to release disciplinary records of…
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Universities and “Free Speech” Issues: What to Know During the George Floyd Protests

With widespread protests around the nation in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, free speech of and on campus is once again at the forefront.  Even though almost all schools are now closed, and almost all speech and the actions of students and…
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What Legal Consequences Will Universities Face if They Don’t Reopen in the Fall?

The nation’s colleges and universities were already struggling financially even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now, with a sudden shift to online schooling and students no longer on campus, a difficult situation has become dire. According to Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, “A lot of [colleges] were teetering on…
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With Universities Moving to Online-Only Classes, Plagiarism Concerns Evolve

An increasing number of universities have been offering online classes in recent years, but now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual classrooms are the only classrooms.  This has become the sudden necessary reality for every university in the country. With entire student bodies now taking classes and completing tests remotely,…
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Deliberate Indifference: When Universities Don’t Listen and Victims Sue, Who Is Winning and Who Is Losing?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination.Courts have consistently found that student-on-student sexual harassment is sex-based discrimination and that the university can be held responsible for it if the university remains “deliberately indifferent.” This means paying students damages if they are victimized on campus, but the University…
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