College Cheer

A federal court in Kansas declined to dismiss First Amendment and Title IX retaliation claims brought against a community college and some of its officials by a former member of the college’s endowment association who says he was forced out, threatened and had his speech restrained for speaking out about sexual harassment allegations against the college’s cheer coach. The plaintiff said the college president and athletic director “had not publicly resolved to take sexual harassment of cheer women seriously.”

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Online Learning

A federal court in Pennsylvania dismissed a group of students’ Covid-19-related suit against the University of Pittsburgh, alleging the school’s online learning options are “subpar” compared to in-person instruction. The court ruled the university had “no reason to anticipate that the pandemic would cause such a drastic disruption to the ordinary flow of student life” and the students have not adequately pleaded claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment or conversion.

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PETA Ads

A federal court in Texas refused to dismiss PETA’s freedom of speech suit over an advertisement it attempted to place on Texas A&M University transit system buses, finding the animal rights group has sufficiently stated a claim that the university’s restriction of advertisements for political campaigns, viewpoints or endorsements is “plausibly confusing.”

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