All posts by Andrew Mytelka


Under Fire, Brigham Young Will Review Title IX and Honor Code Enforcement

Brigham Young University announced on Monday that it would “study” issues concerning the interaction of its code of student conduct and the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, in which the enforcement of the honor code can complicate sexual-violence investigations. BYU also promised “potential structural changes within the university” as a result of that study.

The announcement followed an uproar over a sexual-assault case in which a Brigham Young student is pursuing a criminal case aga…


Student Protesters at Ohio State Begin Sit-In Over Range of Issues

[Updated (4/7/2016, 9:39 a.m.) with a university statement.]

A group of students at Ohio State University began a sit-in on Wednesday in the campus building that houses the president’s office, in pursuit of goals that involve the university’s budget, its investments, and the food served on the campus. According to a report by WCMH, a television station in Columbus, the students, who represent several campus organizations, said they planned to stay overnight.

Among the protesters’ demands are “co…


Budget Crisis Ends in Pennsylvania, to the Relief of Public Colleges

Nearly nine months after the start of Pennsylvania’s fiscal year, the state’s budget deadlock came to an end on Wednesday, with Gov. Tom Wolf withdrawing a veto threat on Republican-backed legislation and public colleges and universities among the recipients of state support that breathed a sigh of relief.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 14-campus State System of Higher Education will get a 5-percent increase in state funding, the first rise in seven years. Pennsylvania State Unive…


New Kansas Law Allows Faith-Based Campus Groups to Restrict Members

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed legislation on Tuesday that will permit faith-based groups at public colleges to bar from membership people who don’t agree with their beliefs, but still receive student fees and other official support, the Associated Press reported.

Governor Brownback, a Republican, described the bill as a “very good, narrow, targeted piece of legislation that will serve the betterment of our college campuses,” the AP reported, and other supporters said it would protect relig…


Community Colleges Endorse Plan Sending UNC’s Weakest Students to Them First

North Carolina’s community colleges declared on Friday that they were ready to carry out a new state law requiring the weakest students admitted to the University of North Carolina system to complete two years at a community college before being permitted to enroll on a system campus, reports The News and Observer. In making such a declaration, the State Board of Community Colleges broke with the UNC Board of Governors, which has called for a delay in instituting the policy.

Supporters of the po…


EPA Hits Oregon State U. With $275,000 Hazardous-Waste Fine

Oregon State University was hit with a $275,000 fine on Monday for improper handling of hazardous wastes. According to a news release issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the wastes — nearly 2,000 containers of laboratory chemicals and other substances — were unsafely stored and inadequately identified, endangering students, faculty members, support-staff workers, emergency responders, truck drivers, and landfill employees. In a settlement announced by the EPA, the universi…


U. of California President Orders Tougher Response to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Reacting to the latest allegation of sexual harassment by a senior faculty member of a subordinate, the University of California’s president, Janet Napolitano, said in a letter on Friday to all 10 chancellors of the university system that UC must henceforth respond to such cases “firmly, fairly, and expeditiously” and that the university must impose “appropriate sanctions” that “recognize the serious nature of these claims,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Ms. Napolitano issued her letter one day…


Vanderbilt Graduate Student Is Killed on Trip to Israel

A Vanderbilt University graduate student was stabbed to death on Tuesday in Israel in an attack by a Palestinian man who was then shot dead, according to the New York Daily News.

The student, 29-year-old Taylor Force, was in Jaffa, Israel, on a trip sponsored by the university’s Owen Graduate School of Management. His wife was seriously injured in the assault, The Times of Israel reported. Ten other people were injured, five critically, by the assailant.

In a public message, Vanderbilt’s chancel…


Beset by Budget Stalemate, Chicago State Will End Semester Early

Chicago State University, which declared financial exigency this month as a result of a state-budget impasse, announced on Tuesday that it was eliminating spring break in order to end the semester early and thereby ensure that students can complete the academic year before the institution runs out of money. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the semester will end on April 30, not May 13.

In a memorandum to the university, its president, Thomas J. Calhoun Jr., wrote that the steps announced on Tu…


U.S. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Asserting Athletes Should Be Paid Minimum Wage

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit against the NCAA and more than 100 Division I colleges and universities asserting that college athletes should be paid at least the minimum wage, USA Today reported.

The lawsuit alleged that the defendants were violating the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA.

In ruling against the athletes, Judge William T. Lawrence of the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis wrote: “The question is not whether the plaintiffs, as stude…