Higher Education and the Law (20311). 1 or 2 units. Higher education plays a singular role in our society. Colleges and universities are complex organizations and institutions with unique missions to discover, create and transmit knowledge, and to further social mobility. Higher education intersects with the law in a myriad of ways. This course will examine the legal issues that shape higher education, particularly in the United States. The course will cover accessibility to and financing of higher education, academic freedom, shared governance, admissions, free expression, privacy and freedom of association, campus safety with a particular focus on sexual assault, and issues of race, disability, gender and sexual orientation. We will consider student rights and responsibilities, faculty issues concerning research ethics and the classroom, and the roles of presidents, governing boards, and university general counsels. Materials include relevant statutes and cases as well as readings from related fields. Our goal throughout the course will be to understand the breadth of issues faced by higher education in the United States in pursuing its mission, and the ways in which legal rules and norms relate to these issues. Students taking the course for 1 unit, credit/fail, will submit four reaction papers (roughly 750 words each); students taking the course for 2 graded units will submit three reaction papers and a research paper of at least 7500 words. Students must elect the course for the credit/fail option for 1 unit, or the graded option for 2 units by the end of the second week of the term on the specific date published by the Registrar's Office in the Important Dates and Deadlines Paper required. Enrollment capped at eighteen. F.M. Lawrence.
Revised:The class will meet every other week on the following dates, all Thursdays: September 1, September 15, September 22, September 29, October 13, October 27, and November 17. Attendance at the first class is required.