Heat Stroke

The family of a woman who was severely injured after suffering heat stroke during a jogging class at California State University San Bernardino reached a $39.5 million settlement with the university system. The system also agreed to implement a system-wide policy for heat illness prevention. The woman suffered a brain injury, cardiac arrest, multisystem organ failure and her cognitive function remains “severely imparied.”

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Sexual Harassment

The Sixth Circuit upheld a ruling in favor of the University of Michigan in a suit brought by a woman who claims the school was deliberately indifferent to the peer-on-peer harassment she experienced while enrolled in an executive MBA program. The university took several actions to protect the woman, including issuing a no-contact order and ordering that he not attend graduation.

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Campus Speech

The Fifth Circuit revived a student free speech group’s First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges to the University of Texas’ campus speech regulations, which, among other types of speech, prohibit statements that constitute verbal harassment. The “chilling effect” of the regulations is a sufficient injury for the student group to have standing.

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Judge Rejects Settlement, Fast-Tracks Student Debt Relief Class Action

Finding strong indications of “bad faith” in the way Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denied 94% of student debt relief claims in recent months, a federal judge rejected a proposed settlement Monday night and fast-tracked a lawsuit over long delays in deciding borrower defense claims.

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