Legal Updates

Federal Court Decision on Student Free Speech Rights in the Classroom

January 31, 2018

A federal court in Kentucky issued a decision reaffirming student free speech rights while explaining the authority of faculty to control discussion in the classroom.

Legislative Changes to the Oregon Public Records Law to Take Effect January 1, 2018

December 15, 2017

Various legislative changes to the Oregon Public Records Law, which take effect January 1, 2018, will significantly impact University operations. 

Report on Media Access to Student Athletes and Rights of Free Expression

March 17, 2017

President Schill asked VPGC Kevin Reed to investigate concerns regarding media access to student athletes and the rights of student athletes to free expression at the University of Oregon.  The report found that there were no violations of university policy or applicable law by university personnel and concludes with a number of recommendations for stregthening relevant Athletic Department protocols.  The full report can be found here.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Race-Conscious Programs in Higher Education

October 24, 2016

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court released its long-anticipated decision in Fisher v. University of Texas (Fisher II). In a 4-3 decision, the Court reaffirmed the principles it has embraced for some decades now, finding that “narrowly tailored” programs that take race into account in university admissions do not violate the U.S. Constitution where they serve the compelling purpose of promoting diversity in higher education.