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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Utah v. Strieff

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Drug Trafficking,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-3 Supreme Court decision that allows evidence uncovered after an “unconstitutional investigatory” stop by police to be used as evidence under some conditions.  The case involved a drug discovery after police stopped a car without adequate cause but found there was an outstanding traffic warrant on the driver.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Documents Related to the Former Detention and Interrogation Program

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

A collection of 50 declassified documents relating to the CIA’s program for interrogation of suspected Jihadist terrorists.  From the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act online reading room.


Williams v. Pennsylvania

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-3 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that a Pennsylvania justice’s refusal to recuse himself from an appeal related to a murder case in which he had been the prosecuting attorney years before violates the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection: A First Look

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Headlines,Statistics

Provides key data highlights on equity and opportunity gaps in the nation’s public schools.  Among key areas covered: school discipline, restraint and seclusion, early learning, access to college and career readiness programs, student absenteeism, and teacher/staffing equity.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Persistent Disparities Found Through Comprehensive Civil Rights Survey …

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Statistics

Press release on the results of a new Civil Right Data Collection which showed race-related gaps in key areas affecting educational equity and opportunity for students.  The survey collected data from public schools across the nation.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Women

Discusses the scope of the pay equity problem, the two current federal laws that provide a remedy to those who feel they are victims of sex-based wage discrimination, recent legislative proposals on the topic and recent pay equity litigation. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Youth

Letter of guidance sent to public schools and colleges directing them to provide transgender students with access to bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity.  The letter summarizes school obligations toward transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and how the federal government will evaluate a school’s compliance with those obligations.  The letter begins on p. 2 following a Notice of Language Assistance.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and the Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Education.


Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues,Youth

Covers information on student transitions, privacy and confidentiality, sex-segregated activities and facilities, and additional practices to support transgender students.  Also contains a bibliography of federal resources on transgender students.  From the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education


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