Several Southern Universities Struggle With Free Speech

The student population at the University of Alabama numbers 36,000, but in less than one week, a recruitment video for a sorority there quickly gathered 15 times that many—a half-million—views on YouTube. And, just as quickly, the school administration pressured the students to remove the video.

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National Labor Relations Board Issues a Ruling on Student-Athletes as Employees

A year and a half ago, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago made the startling ruling that NCAA student-athletes qualify as “employees” for the college; in this particular case, Kain Colter, a former quarterback at Northwestern University.

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Student Social Media Use and Conduct Codes

In November 2009, a mortuary science student at a university in Minnesota posted on Facebook that she [g]ets to play [with], I mean dissect, Bernie today. [Bernie was a name that she had given a cadaver she was dissecting as part of her program.] Let’s see if I can have a lab void of...

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Social Media and Student Privacy

Institutions, not just students, are responsible for what they make available through social media. Institutions should take care when posting information about students—including their images, their names, and details from their educational records.

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Social Media Restrictions and Student-Athletes

Nothing ever goes away on the Internet. For example, an Ohio State football player tweeted, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.”

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Proposal Would Limit School-Bank Partnerships on Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comments on proposed regulations that would limit how colleges and universities can partner with banks to deliver federal student aid refunds.

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Deaf Sue to Improve Accessibility of Universities’ Free Online Resources

Plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claim that the universities violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act by not adding closed captioning to the “vast and varied array of online content” they...

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Six Tips for Managing Your College’s Consumer Protection Liability: #5 and #6—Evaluate Policies and Train Employees

In our post containing tip #4, we recommend that institutions know the basics of how to defend themselves against consumer protection claims.

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Six Tips for Managing Your College’s Consumer Protection Liability: #4—Strengthen Your Defenses

In our post about tip #3, we recommend knowing the details of your state’s consumer protection legislation. Although these consumer protection laws vary from state to state, there are three defenses to consumer protection liability that are common enough—and powerful enough—that all schools should...

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Six Tips for Managing Your College’s Consumer Protection Liability: #3—Know Your State’s Laws

In our post containing tips #1 and #2, we report that an increasing number of students are filing lawsuits against colleges and universities claiming violation of state consumer protection laws.

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