Moderate Your Drinking to Reduce Rape, College Chief Tells Students

The president of Eckerd College, in Florida, is catching heat from students after he wrote in an email that they should drink less alcohol as a way of preventing sexual assault, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Donald R. Eastman III wrote on Sunday that students could help mitigate sexual assault on the campus in two ways:

1. By limiting your own consumption of alcohol, and encouraging your friends to do the same. Socrates included wine at his Symposium, but he did not get drunk.

2. You can be thoug…


Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

Washington — Members of the Middle East Studies Association voted overwhelmingly at their annual conference here on Monday to defend the right of scholarly associations to boycott Israel and to set their own organization on a course to consider a boycott of its own.

Conference participants voted, 256 to 79, in favor of a resolution that urges the organization’s leadership to provide a means to discuss what stand MESA should take in connection with the boycott, divestment, and sanction (or BDS)…


U. of Georgia Moves to Fire Lecturer Over His Relationship With Student

The University of Georgia is moving to fire a lecturer in its psychology department after the administration found him to have violated a policy barring professors from dating students under their supervision, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

The lecturer, Rich Suplita, admitted to violating the university’s policy in 2012, when he dated an undergraduate he had met in one of his classes. The student filed a harassment complaint against him, and he received a reprimand.

He began dating a gradua…


After Boston U. Skips a City Council Hearing, Its President Gets a Subpoena

Boston’s City Council took the rare step of issuing a subpoena on Monday that summons Boston University’s president to appear at a hearing next month, The Boston Globe reported.

The chairman of the council’s education committee said he had requested the subpoena because the university had failed to send a representative to a hearing last month on employee and student diversity at colleges in the city. “We gave Boston University every opportunity to attend and to accommodate their schedule, and…


Adjuncts at 2 Vermont Colleges Vote to Unionize

Adjunct professors at two Vermont colleges have voted to form unions, according to a news release from the Service Employees International Union. Adjuncts at Champlain and Burlington Colleges have voted to be represented by the union, which is in the midst of a national push to organize part-time faculty members.

Champlain adjuncts voted, 118 to 30, in favor of unionizing, while the vote among Burlington adjuncts was 23 to 4.


Lawmaker Blasts Kean U. for Buying $219,000 Table

Kean University, in New Jersey, is taking heat from a state legislator for spending roughly $219,000 on a conference table, the Bergen Record reports. The university’s governing board authorized spending up to $270,000 on the table, which seats 23 people and has microphones and a world map in the middle, among other amenities.

“Whether or not this is legal, it’s certainly not ethical, and it’s a waste of taxpayer money,” said Joseph Cryan, a Democratic member of the state’s General Assembly who …


President of Lincoln U. (Pa.) Resigns Amid Criticism of Remarks on Rape

The president of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, who has been under fire for weeks for comments he made about campus rape, resigned on Monday, The Philadelphia Tribune reports.

Robert R. Jennings told an audience in September that women should not put themselves in situations that could lead to sexual assault. The remarks, a portion of which were posted on YouTube, were blasted by parents as placing the blame for sexual violence on rape survivors.

Mr. Jennings, who had been president since J…


How UVa’s President Changed Her Tune on Sexual Assault

The University of Virginia’s initial response last week to an article in Rolling Stone magazine detailing a student’s rape in a fraternity house was slammed by critics as insufficient. While the college’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, wrote a letter promising a review of the student’s claims, the lead investigator chosen to conduct the review was an alumnus of the fraternity in question. The state’s attorney general nixed the choice.

A group of faculty members signed a letter in response to Ms….


Wellesley College Removes 2 Hillel Staff Members, Angering Students

Wellesley College has eliminated the part-time positions of Jewish chaplain and director of the Hillel student group, angering members of the group, who said they had been blindsided by the moves, The Boston Globe reports.

The college said that the dismissals had been part of a restructuring and that it planned to hire a full-time rabbi to “anchor Jewish life on campus.” In a statement issued on Friday, the college said: “Having one staff member will provide a consistent presence on campus to whom students can turn when they are seeking guidance.”

But some members of the group said they had suddenly been left without the support system they have come to rely on amid a period of unease on the campus. The campus group Wellesley Students for Justice in Palestine has organized a protest campaign in which it has posted photographs of Palestinian children who were killed in the continuing conflict with Israel.

Wellesley College has abruptly removed its Hillel director and Jewish chaplain as part of a restructuring, angering Jewish students who say they feel abandoned by the administration amid tension with a campus Palestinian group. The college eliminated the two part-time lay positions last week, leaving the Jewish campus group with only a part-time director for the remainder of the school year.

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Review of Campus Judicial Systems Finds Light Sanctions for Serious Offenses

The Columbus Dispatch and the Student Press Law Center investigated campus judicial systems at colleges across the country and found that most operate in secret and that they often impose light sanctions for serious infractions, including sexual assaults, physical assaults resulting in injuries, robberies, and other violent crimes. What’s more, many of the institutions fail to comply with state and federal crime-reporting laws, the investigation found. The authors of a report on the investigation, published in the Dispatch on Sunday, say that both victims and students accused of violations think the system is unfair and broken.

Colleges across the country use campus disciplinary boards to pass judgment on students accused of violent crimes, including rape and assault. Sometimes, schools handle crime and punishment without ever reporting violations to police. Most cases never go to court.

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