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32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2015

Thirty-two American students have been chosen as winners of Rhodes scholarships for 2015, the Rhodes Trust announced on Saturday. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

The American scholars-elect were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 21 colleges and universities. They will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other juri…

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Accrediting Agency Raises Questions About Chapel Hill’s Compliance

The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is questioning the university’s compliance with many of its standards in light of a recent report about widespread academic fraud at the institution.

The accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, sent a letter to the university earlier this month calling on the institution to respond to concerns that it isn’t meeting 18 different standards, on issues including integrity…

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UVa Temporarily Suspends Fraternities in Response to Rape Allegations

The president of the University of Virginia on Saturday suspended all fraternal organizations until early January, the latest in the institution’s response to a Rolling Stone article alleging a “cycle of sexual violence and institutional indifference” at the elite public college.

The magazine article, which was published on Wednesday, describes a gang rape of a first-year student in a UVa fraternity house in 2012. Earlier this week the university commissioned an investigation of the incident an…

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U. of Colorado Will Pay Philosophy Professor $185,000 to Resign

The University of Colorado at Boulder is paying an associate professor of philosophy roughly $185,000 to resign after he was investigated for potentially violating the college’s policy regarding relationships with students, the Daily Camera reports. Bradley Monton will receive $120,000 in addition to the rest of his yearly salary in exchange for his resignation, according to a settlement agreement with the university, in which both parties denied fault or liability.

Mr. Monton has been a vocal c…

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UVa’s First Pick to Lead Rape Inquiry Is Alumnus of Fraternity in Question

After an article in Rolling Stone described the case of a student who was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house, the university on Thursday commissioned an investigation led by a former U.S. deputy attorney general. There was one problem, however: The choice, Mark Filip, was once a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity where the assault is alleged to have happened.

The state’s attorney general, Mark R. Herring, said on Friday that Mr. Filip would not be leading the investigat…

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Syracuse U. Protesters End Sit-In and Move Into ‘Phase 2′

Students at Syracuse University who had been staging a protest at the university’s administration building for the past 18 days ended their occupation on Thursday, The Post-Standard reported.

A student coalition called THE General Body was protesting against what its supporters called a lack of transparency and inclusiveness at the institution. Ben Kuebrich, a graduate student and organizer of the student coalition, told the newspaper that the group had decided “that maintaining the space isn’t …

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U. of Calif. Regents Approve Tuition Increase Over Governor’s Opposition

The University of California system’s Board of Regents voted on Thursday to approve a plan that could raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The approval clears the way for negotiations to determine the exact amount of the increase.

The system’s president, Janet Napolitano, has argued that the plan is necessary to make up for lower-than-expected state funds. Gov. Jerry Brown, who voted against the plan, said the system should instead study its costs and consolidate duplicative degree programs, among other steps.

Students turned out to protest at the regents’ meeting, but not in the numbers they showed on Wednesday, when a committee of the board met to consider the tuition plan.


Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years. As about 25 students in the meeting room yelled “Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go,” the actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the public.

Read more at: www.latimes.com

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U. of Oregon Draws Criticism for Response to Threatened TA Strike

The University of Oregon’s Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to rebuke the institution’s administration for planning for a threatened strike by graduate teaching assistants in a manner that bypasses the faculty and stands to bring about “the dilution and degradation of teaching standards.”

The Senate, which includes representatives of the faculty, student body, administration, and staff, adopted the motion in response to a confidential memorandum that Oregon’s top academic and human-reso…

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Bill Cosby Is Still Scheduled to Speak at Tennessee College

Bill Cosby, who in recent weeks has faced repeated accusations of sexual assault, is still scheduled to speak at Freed-Hardeman University’s annual benefit dinner, The Jackson Sun reports.

Fifteen women have accused Mr. Cosby of sexually assaulting them in years past. Mr. Cosby, who has not been charged with a crime and denies the allegations, reached a legal settlement with one accuser in 2006. The allegations gained new momentum on social media after a comedian, Hannibal Buress, mentioned them…

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Florida State U. in Shock After Early-Morning Shooting

[Updated (11/20/2014, 1:22 p.m.) with information on the gunman.]

A lone gunman opened fire in a library at Florida State University early Thursday morning, injuring three students, according to news-media reports. The police shot and killed him after he fired at them.

As of 9 a.m., one of the victims was in critical condition, one was in good condition, and one, grazed by a bullet, had been treated and released at the scene, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The rampage began around 12:30 a.m….