The Law: No Teaching, No Tuition

Roger Paynter, a 49-year-old New York City fireman with a son at New York University, was outraged when N.Y.U. canceled his son's classes for 19 days amid the national wave of campus protests over Cambodia and Kent State. "I paid for my son's education, and the university should make it available to him," he said. As a result, Paynter sued N.Y.U. in the city's small claims court, asking for 19 days' worth of his money back. According to the university, its catalogue clearly stated that academic programs and requirements were subject to change without notice. But last week Judge Patrick Picariello...