All posts by Charles Huckabee


U. of Wisconsin Can Ban Former Student From Campuses, Court Rules

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin ruled on Wednesday that the University of Wisconsin system could ban a former student from its campuses because of protests and other activities by the student that it considered harassment, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The former student, Jeffrey S. Decker, is a longtime protester of how the university uses student fees. He graduated from the university’s Stevens Point campus in 2005 and re-enrolled in the spring of 2010 to give himself a better platfo…


AFT Reaffirms Commitment to Fighting Exploitation of Adjuncts

During its convention over the weekend in Los Angeles, the American Federation of Teachers reaffirmed its commitment to fighting to end academe’s reliance on contingent instructors and to replace that model “with a system of academic staffing that is sustainable for students, faculty, and the economy.”

A resolution unanimously approved by AFT delegates states the organization is committed to “improving the lives of contingent faculty by ending the rank exploitation of the majority of the higher-…


NIH to Withhold $1.4-Million From Research Team Linked to Fraud Case

The National Institutes of Health has rescinded the nearly $1.4-million remaining in federal grant funds the agency had awarded to an Iowa State University research team partly on the basis of findings that a former team member later admitted were bogus, The Des Moines Register reported.

The former team member, Dong-Pyou Han, resigned from the university last year and now faces felony criminal charges in federal court. The university has agreed to reimburse the agency $496,000, the portion of th…


Former Iowa State U. Scientist Pleads Not Guilty in Research-Fraud Case

A former scientist at Iowa State University pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding, the Associated Press reported.

The scientist, Dong-Pyou Han, resigned from his post as an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State last fall after admitting responsibility for fraudulent findings in the case.

Mr. Han faces four felony counts of making false statements, each of which carries a maximum …


U. of Colo. Survey Finds Inclusive Climate but Some Room to Improve

A majority of students, faculty members, and employees at the University of Colorado feel that it promotes an environment of respect, regardless of social identity, according to the results of a “social climate” study of the university’s four campuses, The Boulder Daily Camera reported. But the findings also suggest room for improvement in some areas, said a member of the university’s Board of Regents.

The regent, Sue Sharkey, expressed concern for students who said the areas they felt least res…


U. of Oregon Suspends 3 Athletes at Center of Sex-Assault Controversy

The University of Oregon has banned three basketball players from the university for at least four years after a university investigation found them responsible for sexual misconduct, The Register-Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Ore., reported.

The three athletes have been at the center of a controversy over the campus’s handling of sexual-assault complaints since it became known that they had been allowed to play in the NCAA basketball tournament, in March, while the Eugene police were still inve…


Thomas Jefferson U. Receives $110-Million Gift

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation has donated $110-million to Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, the university announced on Tuesday, and the institution has renamed its medical school the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

The Kimmel Foundation was started in 1993 by the clothing-company magnate and philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, who was born in Philadelphia. Other major gifts he has made to higher education include a $150-million pledge to the Johns Hopkins Univ…


Syracuse U. Fires Professor Who Had Consensual Relationship With Student

Syracuse University has dismissed a tenured associate professor who had a consensual relationship with a female undergraduate student,, The Post-Standard’s website, reported. The news site said the university’s chancellor, Kent D. Syverud, had announced the dismissal in his weekly email to the campus.

The professor has not been identified, but he reportedly taught, advised, and supervised the student during the relationship. A faculty panel that investigated a complaint in the case …


Too ‘Rude’ to Lead Winthrop? Letter on President’s Firing Cites Her Behavior

A letter obtained by a local newspaper has shed light on why the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, S.C., voted last week to suspend the institution’s president and give her notice that she would be dismissed “with cause.”

The letter, sent by the board’s chairwoman, Kathy Bigham, to President Jamie Comstock Williamson after the board’s 12-to-1 vote on Friday, accuses the president of “explosive,” “rude,” and “unprofessional behavior,” and of actions that trustees believe vio…


Stanford Rejects Appeal That Sought Expulsion in Sex-Assault Case

Stanford University will not expel a student it found had sexually assaulted a classmate in an off-campus incident this year, rejecting an appeal from the victim, who thought the university had treated him too leniently, the Bay Area News Group reported.

Instead, Stanford will allow the man to complete his senior year but withhold his degree for two years and prevent him from enrolling in a graduate program until 2016, a year longer than the original sanction, Stanford’s vice provost for student…