All posts by Heidi Landecker


Harvard’s IRS Mistake Costs 11,000 Employees Extra Taxes

An tax-accounting mistake by Harvard University has cost some employees as much as $3,000 to $4,000 in taxes they didn’t owe, The Boston Globe reported on Friday. The institution’s mistake led as many as 11,000 workers to pay taxes on money they didn’t earn from 2009 to 2013.

Over all, Harvard reported nearly $20-million in error, according to a letter of apology sent to the employees on Friday. Only a “small number” overpaid thousands of dollars, but hundreds paid several hundred dollars extra,…


Dartmouth Suspends Fraternity During Hazing Inquiry

Dartmouth College has suspended the Beta Alpha Omega fraternity as the institution investigates purported hazing, the Associated Press reported. Officials suspended the group after the Web site Gawker released a series of possible e-mails from fraternity members that indicated alcohol use by minors as part of hazing, which is prohibited by the college.

The newspaper said the college’s safety office was also investigating an alleged sexual assault last week in a residence hall, in which the susp…


Mass. Education Commissioner Calls Dobelle Presidency ‘Highly Questionable’

Richard M. Freeland, the commissioner of higher education in Massachusetts, has released a three-page letter to the trustees of Westfield State University in which he said it was “highly questionable” whether Evan S. Dobelle should remain the institution’s president, according to The Boston Globe.

Mr. Dobelle became the subject of an inquiry after the newspaper reported he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on designer clothes, posh hotel stays, and other luxuries. Mr. Freeland has alrea…


President of Regent U. Steps Down

Carlos Campo, the president who succeeded Pat Robertson as leader of Regent University, which the evangelist founded, is stepping down, the Associated Press and The Virginian-Pilot report. The university announced late Friday that it was Mr. Campo’s decision to leave, immediately, but offered no explanation for his departure. Mr. Campo, who as a new leader wrote an essay for The Chronicle about bringing Hispanic students to campuses, became president of the university in 2010, after serving as i…


U. of North Carolina Reverses Gender-Neutral Housing Policy

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina has decided to  ban the system’s campuses from offering housing in which students of the opposite sex could live in the same suites or apartments, according to the News & Observer. The policy, which had been supported by the trustees of the Chapel Hill campus and by former UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp as “vital to protecting the safety of our students,” was designed to give some gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students a plac…


CUNY Faculty Votes No Confidence in Curriculum Overhaul

A majority of faculty members at the City University of New York has voted no confidence in Pathways, a systemwide overhaul of the curriculum. Some 3,996 full-time faculty members voted to support a statement of no confidence, with only 323 voting against, in a referendum that culminated  months of controversy. The faculty statement said the proposed leaner core curriculum would gut education standards at CUNY. “Our students deserve an education that is broad, deep, and rigorous—but Pathways…


Boston College Wins Victory in Belfast Project Case

Boston College has won a victory against British authorities seeking oral-history recordings of IRA members purportedly connected with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, an Irish woman thought to be passing information to the British, according to The Boston Globe. On behalf of the British government, U.S. prosecutors in Boston subpoenaed the college in 2011 for recordings collected as part of the Belfast Project, interviews done from 2001 to 2006 with former IRA members and others connected wi…


Judge Rules Against U. of Nebraska at Kearney in ‘Therapy Dog’ Case

A federal judge in Nebraska has ruled that a university-owned apartment complex is subject to the Fair Housing Act, upholding the claim of a former student who said the university was legally bound to allow her “therapy dog” to live there with her. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the case, brought by the federal government against the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2011, hinged on whether university housing was a “dwelling.” The university argued that it wasn’t, and that students are…


U. of Colorado at Boulder Closes Campus to Deter Pot Celebrants

Although Colorado has legalized the recreational smoking of marijuana, the University of Colorado at Boulder closed its campus to the public on Saturday to prevent a traditional gathering of marijuana smokers on “4/20.” Theories abound as to why “420″ is a code for the marijuana-smoking culture, but the campus was similarly closed to outsiders last April 20, when officials distributed smelly fertilizer on one popular quad to repel smokers. This year the party was in Denver, where officials were more concerned about security in an event expected to draw as many as 80,000 people to cheer the drug’s legalization.

University of Colorado security officers warned early-morning dog walkers and joggers about the campus being closed to the public today, a 4/20 shut-down that is in its second year and is an effort to end the unsanctioned pot smoke-out that had grown beyond 10,000 people in past years.

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U. of Iowa Scholar Loses Appeal for New Trial in Bias Case

Teresa Wagner, a University of Iowa scholar who accused the university of discriminating against her because of her conservative views, has lost an appeal for a new trial, according to the The Des Moines Register. Ms. Wagner accused the university of failing to promote her because of her conservative political views and her affiliation with groups like the Family Research Council, which opposes same-sex marriage, and the National Right to Life Committee. In October a jury found that she did not…