Higher Education and the Law: From Academic Freedom to Affirmative Action

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE, WED 10:30 - 11:20 am JON 5.257

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam (administered by Exam4 in Open Laptop + Network mode) May 2, 2023 1:30 pm 2.124


This course will treat selected topics in higher education and law. A recurring issue throughout the course will be the extent to which legal doctrines should be modified, if at all, in light of the arguably unique characteristics of colleges and universities. The course should therefore be valuable not just for students with particular interests in higher education and the law; it should also provide an opportunity for detailed study of various aspects of free speech, due process, affirmative action, and employment discrimination. The course will address the First Amendment rights of faculty and students, the relationship between free speech and academic freedom, campus regulations prohibiting “offensive” speech, affirmative action in higher education, tenure, contractual analysis of academic rights, employment discrimination in higher education, and “institutional” academic freedom.

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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/22/2023 Exam information updated
01/02/2023 Course title updated