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Contrary to the image of college sports as a moneymaker, most athletic programs (even championship-caliber powerhouses) rely on student fees and grants from their parent institutions to make ends meet. Recent investigations by The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education have captured the enormity of the growing financial burden that athletics imposes on debt-strapped students.
Federal rules require "research" involving "human subjects" to be approved by colleges' Institutional Review Boards. Overzealous colleges occasionally have insisted that student journalists submit their surveys or questionnaires for institutional pre-approval, violating basic principles of press freedom. The SPLC is urging the federal government to adopt a proposal categorically removing journalism from the purview of IRBs.
A video incorrectly subtitled by a college newspaper led to the forced resignation of Ted Cruz's spokesman amid a scuffle between GOP hopefuls Cruz and Rubio.
Student editors are fighting back against a harassment complaint filed by an offended student who says the newspaper's satire edition was "demeaning" to women and Jews.
For the second time since 2010, the student media adviser at a two-year Wyoming college finds his job imperiled after students published articles about campus controversies that displeased administrators.
A college journalism adviser believes he's been singled out unfairly with demands that he take additional graduate courses or lose his job, but the college insists the requirement was forced by an outside accrediting agency.
The board of Northwest College will be asked Monday to ratify President Stefani Hicswa's proposal to eliminate journalism courses. The college has been twice accused of retaliating against faculty advisers -over unflattering news coverage.
Students at Florida's Valencia College who complained about being forced to serve as test subjects for vaginal ultrasound exams will get their day in court, after a three-judge federal appeals panel restored their First Amendment claim and sent the case back for trial.
A recent NLRB case brought by Northwestern University football players garnered attention on the sports pages, but its impact will be felt far more broadly and should improve journalists' access to employees at all private organizations, including colleges and universities.
Nobody -- including University of Kansas disciplinarians -- knows where the First Amendment boundary lines are drawn in cyberspace, so the university can't be held liable even if it overreacted in expelling a student for insulting remarks about his ex-girlfriend on Twitter, a federal district court says.
After years in the crosshairs of image-sensitive college administrators, Northwest College's newspaper falls victim to budget cuts, leaving behind lingering suspicions of the college's true motives.
A legal opinion from the National Labor Relations Board declares players at major private universities to be "employees," entitled to the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Those rights include freedom from university "gag orders" and from heavy-handed monitoring of social media.
Daniel Libit is a political journalism veteran based in Chicago with no experience in traditional sports reporting.
Offering early-retirement buyout packages to high-paid senior employees is an increasingly common way for cash-strapped colleges to cut costs. But students trying to cover those buyouts have met with stiff (and legally questionable) resistance to disclosure of who qualifies for the payouts.