Celebrity Support Dominates Kickoff of White House Sexual-Assault Campaign

The White House unveiled its “It’s On Us” sexual-assault awareness campaign on Friday morning, calling on all college students—and especially men—to do their part to stop rapes on campuses. The effort, which relies in part on the power of peer pressure, has already attracted vocal support in the way that only a White House campaign can.

President Obama set the tone on Friday with strong language on the issue. “Campus sexual assault is no longer something we as a nation can turn away from and say…


Education Dept. Imposes Financial Restrictions on ITT

The U.S. Education Department has placed financial restrictions on ITT Educational Services Inc., citing the company’s failure to submit financial statements by a mandatory deadline.

The for-profit education provider disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that the department had put it on “heightened cash monitoring” status, which restricts how it can receive student-aid funds. ITT warned investors in July that it might face financial restrictions over its …


Full-Time Faculty at College of DuPage Votes No Confidence in President

The union representing full-time faculty members at the College of DuPage, a community college in Illinois, has voted no confidence in the college’s president, the Daily Herald reports. The union’s president said Robert L. Breuder had “contributed to the creation of an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear, and intimidation.”

Relations between full-time faculty members and Mr. Breuder have been strained since 2011, when contracts were last negotiated, a college spokesman said. He also pointed out that full-time faculty members constitute only 10 percent of the college’s employees.

The union representing College of DuPage’s 306 full-time faculty members announced Thursday a “no confidence” vote in the leadership of President Robert Breuder, blaming him for helping create “an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear, and intimidation.” But a college spokesman quickly dismissed the vote, citing long-running strained relations between the union and Breuder.

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Berkeley to Block Course Registration of Students Who Skip Sex-Assault Training

Students at the University of California at Berkeley who skipped a mandatory training session on sexual-violence prevention will be blocked from registering for spring classes until they make up the session, the campus’s chancellor told the university system’s Board of Regents this week.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, spoke at a meeting of the regents on Wednesday at which a task force presented a report with recommendations aimed at standardizing policies governing sexual assault across the…


If You’ve Dressed Up as a Polar Bear in Front of Reindeer, Read This

You’re on a research expedition at the North Pole to study reindeer while dressed in a polar-bear suit. You’re hungry, so you pull out a piece of toast you’ve packed for the day. Lo and behold, its shape is the spitting image of Jesus Christ. You rush back to base to tell your research partner (stopping once to let your husky defecate, though he can’t settle on an orientation in which to do so, which is strange). When you get back to base, your partner is unimpressed and says, “That’s not Jesus….


College Presidents Have Authority to Reform Athletics, 3 U.S. Senators Say

Three Democratic U.S. senators sent letters on Thursday to the presidents of the colleges that make up the five major athletic conferences, asking them to complete a survey about the experiences of athletes at their institutions, CBS Sports reports.

Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Cory Booker of New Jersey wrote that they had become “increasingly frustrated with the lack of meaningful progress by the NCAA and its member institutions.” The survey features 21 qu…


Clemson Suspends Sexual-Violence Training After Privacy Complaints

Clemson University has suspended its online Title IX training course after some students protested that it asked questions that were too personal, the Associated Press reports. University officials will review the mandatory training, which deals with preventing sexual violence in the context of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

The course contained a survey that asked questions like “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?,” and excerpts from it were…


Older Siblings’ College Choices Predict Those of Younger Brothers and Sisters

Report: “The Relationship Between Siblings’ College Choices: Evidence From One Million SAT-Taking Families”

Authors: Joshua S. Goodman, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Michael Hurwitz, Jonathan Smith, and Julia Fox, all of the College Board

Organization: Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Research Working Paper Series

Summary: The paper considers the approximately 10 million students who took the SAT in cohorts that graduated …


Professor Accused of Past Sex Abuse Resigns From U. of St. Thomas (Minn.)

A professor at the University of St. Thomas who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than a decade ago has resigned from the Minnesota university’s faculty, the Star Tribune reported.

The Rev. Michael J. Keating, an associate professor of Catholic studies, was accused of abusing the girl while he was studying to be a priest. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The university announced his resignation this week and posted his resignation letter on its website.

“After careful considerat…


Faculty Senate at U. of Hawaii Votes to Censure System President

Faculty members on the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus voted on Wednesday to censure the system president, David Lassner, over his firing of the campus’s chancellor, Tom Apple, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

The University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Faculty Senate considered strengthening the resolution to express no confidence in Mr. Lassner, but the vote to do so was a tie, which the Senate’s chairman broke in favor of a censure.

Mr. Lassner had been system president for less than a month wh…