All posts by Andrew Mytelka


6 Students Are Indicted in Hazing Death at College in Virginia

Six students at Ferrum College were indicted this week on charges connected with the hazing death in April of another student, reports The Roanoke Times.

The authorities in Franklin County, Va., have not stated why Michael A. Walker, 20, was hospitalized or what caused his death. He was found unresponsive at an off-campus location on April 17 and died a week later.

The six indicted students were all members of the Sigma Alpha Kappa fraternity. Two were also charged with purchasing or providing a…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Maryland’s McDaniel College

Adjunct professors at McDaniel College, a private institution in Maryland, have voted to unionize, according to results released on Monday and reported by The Baltimore Sun.

The union, which will also represent graduate teaching assistants, will be affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which in recent years has mounted a nationwide campaign to form adjunct unions at colleges in metropolitan areas, in hopes of increasing the unions’ leverage in collective bargaining.



Spellings Says UNC System Won’t Try to Enforce Controversial Bathroom Law

The University of North Carolina system said on Friday that it would not seek to enforce a controversial state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates. The Associated Press reported that Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, said in a legal filing that “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biol…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Saint Louis U.

Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday.

Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.

The vote followed successful union drives by the SEIU at other campuses in the St. Louis a…


Johns Hopkins Will Cease Teaching Surgery With Live Pigs

The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine announced on Wednesday that it would no longer teach surgical techniques with live pigs, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The practice, which has long drawn criticism from animal-rights advocates, has been almost entirely abandoned for computer simulations and other technology by American medical schools.

According to the Sun, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, in Chattanooga, will be the only one to still use liv…


Minnesota College System Drops Ban on Travel to North Carolina

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has dropped its ban on travel by athletic teams to North Carolina, now that the federal government is taking action against that state’s controversial new bathroom-access law widely criticized as discriminatory against transgender people, the Associated Press reported.

The system’s presidents decided on Monday that a recent order by the Minnesota governor barring travel to North Carolina by state employees also applied to athletic teams. That …


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…