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U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Raises Questions About Cell Phone Searches in Schools

The long-standing test for searching students at school requires that the search must be based on a “reasonable suspicion” that the student violated a school rule or law. A recent criminal decision from the United States...more

Supreme Court Asked If State Universities Are Exempt From Claims Under the False Claims Act

A professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the standard for imposing liability on state universities (and their related entities, such as hospitals and...more

No Right of Privacy for Bikini-Clad Image on Facebook

The use at a seminar on internet safety of a picture of a 17-year-old bikini-clad student taken from her Facebook page by a school district technology director did not violate the student’s right to privacy under federal law,...more

Another Possible Battleground for Defending University Intellectual Property - Inter Partes Review

Over the last several months, universities and technology transfer programs have increasingly become the target of petitions for Inter Partes Review (IPR) filings. Effective September 16, 2012, IPR proceedings allow parties...more

Sixth Circuit Rules School’s Search Of Student Cellphone Violated Fourth Amendment

In a recent decision, the first federal appellate court to address the rights of school officials to search student cell phones held that a student’s violation of a school rule regarding technology did not justify a general...more

#Edchat Followup: Legal Issues For BYOD And 1:1 Programs In Schools

Each Tuesday the #Edchat hashtag brings together educators from across the globe to discuss education-related topics on Twitter. Last week one of the questions on #Edchat was “How do we train educators to teach in programs...more

RFID Chip in Student ID Badge Does Not Infringe on Religious Freedom

Requiring a high school student to carry an identification card with an RFID chip does not violate the student’s First Amendment religious and free speech rights. The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio...more

Palo Alto Boy Returns To School After DNA Flap

A Palo Alto 6th grade boy was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced the school officials that they did not need to worry about his genes....more

Boy In School Flap Over Cystic Fibrosis

A Palo Alto middle school ordered an 11 year old boy to move to another middle school 3 miles away because it believed that his genetic makeup was a health risk to some of its other students....more

Higher Education Highlights - Spring 2012

In This Issue: - Will the U.S. Supreme Court Uphold Race-Based Affirmative Action? pages 1 - 3 - UCLA and Professor Face Fines and Criminal Charges in the Aftermath of Fatal Lab Fire pages 4 - 5 - Law School...more

School District’s Internet Filtering Software Violated First Amendment

In a recent decision, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. v. Camdenton School District, a federal district court in the Western District of Missouri held that a school district violated the First...more

Free Speech Rights of Students Present "Cyber-Troubles"

The United State Supreme Court, in the 1969 decision of Tinker v. DeMoines Independent Community School District, recognized that children have a 1st Amendment right to free speech in the school environment. In Tinker, the...more

Tips for School Administrators on How to Handle "Sexting"

A high school boy receives, via text message, naked photos of his girlfriend from her. Later in the week, the boy shares the photos with several of his classmates, and forwards the text messages to several of his basketball...more

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