It Bears Mentioning: Is music theory really #SoWhite?

Case featured in article by John McWhorter One dustup over antiracism these days has been inspired by an Austrian music theorist who died 86 years ago. Heinrich Schenker’s music theory is still widely taught today. He was a genius – and also an open racist who wrote extensively of his sentiments thereabout in uncompromising language. Musicologists… Continue reading It Bears Mentioning: Is music theory really #SoWhite?

New York Times: Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech

Featured in the New York Times A scholar’s address about racism and music theory was met with a vituperative, personal response by a small journal. It faced calls to cease publishing. A periodical devoted to the study of a long-dead European music theorist is an unlikely suspect to spark an explosive battle over race and… Continue reading New York Times: Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech

University of Tennessee Pharmacy Student Sues School Over Discipline for Social Media Posts

Kimberly Diel, a University of Tennessee pharmacy student, recently filed a first amendment lawsuit against the school, alleging the university expelled her because she posted on her private, personal social accounts the school deemed too sexual.  The pharmacy school complained that this was “unprofessional.”  It is all too common that professional schools or special programs… Continue reading University of Tennessee Pharmacy Student Sues School Over Discipline for Social Media Posts

Legal Insurrection: UConn Must Pay $63,000 to Victim of Title IX Kangaroo Court

Featured in Legal Insurrection One way to make colleges stop using kangaroo courts is to make it financially painful for them. Nearly a year after a male student and University of Connecticut jointly submitted a plan to end his litigation against the school for its sexual misconduct investigation, the judge in the case has figured out UConn’s… Continue reading Legal Insurrection: UConn Must Pay $63,000 to Victim of Title IX Kangaroo Court

Denton Record-Chronicle: Music professor files suit against UNT for alleged retaliation over racism accusations

Featured in Denton Record-Chronicle A University of North Texas music professor filed a lawsuit against the university for violating his constitutional rights. The suit comes after UNT said it would remove Dr. Timothy Jackson from his position at the head of a music theory journal, defunding the journal itself as well as the research center… Continue reading Denton Record-Chronicle: Music professor files suit against UNT for alleged retaliation over racism accusations

Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

Judge Michael Shea of the Federal District Court of Connecticut has ordered the University of Connecticut to pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen over $63,000 in reasonable attorney fees due to the university’s violation of a student’s due process rights in a sexual misconduct hearing. Attorney Allen sued on behalf of “John Doe” after the University… Continue reading Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

Supreme Court Rules Against UNC in Sexual Assault Discipline Case

Students educational records just became much less private, at least at state universities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently appealed a decision of the state supreme court all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  The North Carolina ruling required UNC to release disciplinary records of students who violated university policies… Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Against UNC in Sexual Assault Discipline Case

New Department of Education Hotline for Campus Free Speech Violations Draws Criticism

In December, the U.S. Department of Education announced the implementation of a new “free speech hotline” for students and faculty members to file complaints about free speech violations at colleges and universities. The “hotline” is not so much a hotline in the traditional sense.  Instead an email account freespeech@ed.gov managed by attorneys from the Office… Continue reading New Department of Education Hotline for Campus Free Speech Violations Draws Criticism

Sixth Circuit Takes Back Win for Title IX Plaintiff Who Argued University of Michigan Didn’t Do Enough to Protect Her from Sexual Harassment

The University of Michigan recently secured a significant victory in a Title IX case that split judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In an 8-6 en banc decision, the court overruled the decision of a three-judge panel and found that the university had responded adequately to an alleged victim’s allegations of harassment.  The… Continue reading Sixth Circuit Takes Back Win for Title IX Plaintiff Who Argued University of Michigan Didn’t Do Enough to Protect Her from Sexual Harassment

Federal Judge Could Strike Part of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Rule

Federal judge William Young of the Federal District Court for Massachusetts indicated he may strike down part of the rule implemented by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding how schools are required to respond to sexual misconduct allegations under Title IX. The regulations implemented August 14, 2020 require universities to allow cross examination. The requirement of… Continue reading Federal Judge Could Strike Part of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Rule