All posts by Charles Huckabee


After Boston U. Skips a City Council Hearing, Its President Gets a Subpoena

Boston’s City Council took the rare step of issuing a subpoena on Monday that summons Boston University’s president to appear at a hearing next month, The Boston Globe reported.

The chairman of the council’s education committee said he had requested the subpoena because the university had failed to send a representative to a hearing last month on employee and student diversity at colleges in the city. “We gave Boston University every opportunity to attend and to accommodate their schedule, and…


Review of Campus Judicial Systems Finds Light Sanctions for Serious Offenses

The Columbus Dispatch and the Student Press Law Center investigated campus judicial systems at colleges across the country and found that most operate in secret and that they often impose light sanctions for serious infractions, including sexual assaults, physical assaults resulting in injuries, robberies, and other violent crimes. What’s more, many of the institutions fail to comply with state and federal crime-reporting laws, the investigation found. The authors of a report on the investigation, published in the Dispatch on Sunday, say that both victims and students accused of violations think the system is unfair and broken.

Colleges across the country use campus disciplinary boards to pass judgment on students accused of violent crimes, including rape and assault. Sometimes, schools handle crime and punishment without ever reporting violations to police. Most cases never go to court.

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32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2015

Thirty-two American students have been chosen as winners of Rhodes scholarships for 2015, the Rhodes Trust announced on Saturday. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

The American scholars-elect were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 21 colleges and universities. They will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other juris…


UVa President Responds to ‘Rolling Stone’ Article About Rape on Campus

An article published by Rolling Stone on Wednesday accuses the University of Virginia of turning a blind eye to a “culture of hidden sexual violence” on its campus, but the institution’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, responded in a statement posted on the university’s Website Wednesday evening that UVa takes seriously both the issue of sexual misconduct and the institution’s duty to provide a safe environment for its students.

The magazine article, “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Strugg…


Donor and Vice President Leave Posts Amid Controversy at San Jose State U.

A board member of a San Jose State University foundation and a university vice president have resigned in the wake of a controversy over comments allegedly made by the board member about Latino students and their families, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The university’s president, Mohammad H. Qayoumi, announced on Friday the resignations of the board member, Wanda Ginner, and of Rebecca Dukes, the university’s vice president for advancement. Ms. Ginner has denied making the comments attribu…


Syracuse U. Warns Protesters That They Could Face Discipline

Student protesters who have been occupying an administration building at Syracuse University since early November have been warned that they could be disciplined if the protest continues, The Post-Standard reported.

The warning, delivered on Friday evening, had a chilling effect on some students, Ben Kuebrich, a student organizer, told the newspaper. Some, particularly foreign students with student visas, left the building on Saturday, Mr. Kuebrich said. About 20 students remained on Saturday ni…


President of Lincoln U., in Pa., Faces Review for Remarks About Women

The Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania, decided on Saturday to conduct an internal review of the university’s president, Robert R. Jennings, who has been under fire for comments about women and sexual assaults, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The board’s chairwoman, Kimberly Lloyd, said after a closed two-hour session that the board had “reviewed the actions of the president” and would refer the matter to an executive committee.

Mr. Jennings had no comment about the bo…


Judge Throws Out Student’s Lawsuit Against Northwestern in Case Alleging Sexual Assault

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit against Northwestern University filed by a student who alleged that the university had mishandled her sexual-assault complaint against a professor, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The student had contended that Northwestern violated federal law by failing to follow up sufficiently on her complaint against Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy, and by failing to provide her with appropriate support and a safe learning environment. But Thursday’s rul…


W. Virginia U. Suspends Greek Activities After ‘Catastrophic Medical Emergency’

West Virginia University suspended all fraternity and sorority activities on Thursday following what officials called a “catastrophic medical emergency.”

A joint announcement by university officials and leaders of West Virginia’s Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils said that a student was “gravely ill” but did not release additional details about the incident. According to reports by The Charleston Gazette and WDTV, a CBS-affiliated television station in West Virginia, police officers resp…


Provost of Connecticut College System Resigns Abruptly

The provost of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system resigned abruptly on Monday after less than eight months on the job, The Hartford Courant reported.

The provost, Michael Gargano Jr., had a brief meeting with the system’s president, Gregory W. Gray, on Monday morning and then tendered his resignation, according to Michael Kozlowski, a spokesman for the system. Mr. Kozlowski said he had been told that Mr. Gargano was pursuing another position, but he didn’t know where. The new…