Kansas Chancellor Vetoes Fee for a Separate ‘Multicultural Student Government’

The chancellor of the University of Kansas has vetoed a student-approved $2 fee that was intended to support a proposed “multicultural student government” that would function independently of the Student Senate, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The creation of a multicultural student government was one demand made last fall by the activist group Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk amid protests over racial-climate issues on the campus. The Student Senate approved the new fee in March.

But in a letter


U.S. Tells UNC It Violates Federal Law by Following Controversial Bathroom Bill

The U.S. Department of Justice has notified the president of the University of North Carolina system that it is violating federal civil-rights law by following a controversial new state law that has drawn widespread criticism as biased against transgender people.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure into law in March. It was enacted in response to an antidiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that extended protections to gay and transgender people. The state measure, known as…


Reported Campus Sexual Assaults Have Risen Sharply as Overall Crime Has Fallen

The number of reported crimes on college campuses has dropped in the past two decades, but there has been a significant increase in sexual assaults, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The report, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015,” is the latest edition of an annual report that provides insight into safety problems at elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions around the country. It was prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of Justic…


Acclaimed Author to Leave U. of Utah Post, Citing Soured Contract Talks

The acclaimed writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is leaving a teaching post at the University of Utah and the graduate program in environmental humanities that she helped found there, citing contract talks with the administration that she described as “humiliating,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The newspaper said that Ms. Williams had initially agreed to sign a new contract, which was up for renewal after three years, but that the administration had raised legal-liability conce…


Minnesota College System Bars Teams From Tournaments in North Carolina

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has barred athletic teams from traveling to North Carolina in one of the latest protests against that state’s controversial new ban on anti-bias ordinances, reports the Star Tribune.

North Carolina is the site of the NCAA Division II national baseball tournament and the NJCAA Division III World Series this spring. Century College, in White Bear Lake, Minn., has already qualified for its NJCAA regional tournament, the newspaper reports.

The dec…


Northwestern Fraternity Group Apologizes for Banners on Sex-Assault Awareness

The leaders of Northwestern University’s Interfraternity Council this week apologized after banners that they had sponsored to raise awareness of sexual assault drew criticism on the Illinois campus, The Daily Northwestern reported.

The banners were hung from the walls of chapter houses and featured statements saying that the fraternity “supports survivors” or “stands against sexual violence.” A third slogan asserted that “this is everyone’s problem.”


Hampshire College Replaces Commencement Speaker After Students Complain

Hampshire College has selected a new speaker for its commencement ceremony after students raised concerns about the college president’s choice, the Springfield Republican reported.

The president, Jonathan Lash, said in a letter to the campus that he had chosen Emily Wong, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, in part because the college had been unable to lure the individuals nominated by the graduating class, and in part because his conversations with her “felt so Hampshire-esque.”



AAUP Investigators Slam College of Saint Rose Over Faculty Layoffs

The American Association of University Professors has accused the College of Saint Rose, in New York, of having violated shared governance and undermined tenure and academic freedom in laying off 23 faculty members late last year.

The college’s administration announced plans to lay off the 23 professors, all of whom were tenured or on the tenure track, in December. The job terminations came as part of an effort by the institution to reduce or eliminate 27 academic programs in response to what …


Accused of Disinviting a Conservative Speaker, Virginia Tech Says It Had Never Asked Him to Campus

A column published on Monday by the National Review identified Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist and Manhattan Institute senior fellow, as the latest conservative speaker to be disinvited from a university speaking engagement. And it strongly criticized Virginia Tech, the institution said to have turned Mr. Riley away.

But a Virginia Tech official said on Tuesday that Mr. Riley’s invitation could not have been revoked because it was never extended in the first place.

The National Revi…


Hope College’s Board Chair Steps Down Following Leadership Controversy

Mary V. Bauman will step down as chairwoman of Hope College’s Board of Trustees after a meeting at the end of this week, she said in an email to the campus. Her announcement followed a controversy involving the college’s president, John C. Knapp.

“I believe that if we are to move forward, the board should have a new leader,” Ms. Bauman wrote in the email, sent late last week. “I believe that, if we approach our meeting focused on what is best for Hope College, we can build a consensus as to our …