By Ryan Walsh, Bicentennial Intern, Class of 2019, Political Science
The law has a great impact on the operations of an institution of higher education as it lays out the rights of students, staff, and faculty. Legal decisions regulate the practices and organization of these institutions as well as many more aspects of the functioning of universities and colleges. Landmark legislation like The Morill-Land Grant Acts, the G.I. Bill, Brown v. The Board of Education have changed the university landscape.
The legal landscape of higher education is determined directly in two ways. It is enumerated through legislation and court case decisions. It is also indirectly effected by major events that relate to higher education.
IU, like every other institution of higher education, must adhere to the law in everything that it does. The timeline that follows gives a brief overview of some of the most important milestones in the legal history higher education.