All posts by Nick DeSantis


Alabama A&M Fires Professor After Finding Videos of Sex Acts With Students

Alabama A&M University fired a tenured professor in March after it discovered videos of him on a university laptop computer participating in sexual activity with two male students on the campus, reported.

The professor, Edward Jones, had worked at the historically black college for more than two decades and most recently led its Office of Teacher Education and Certification. He sued Alabama A&M in February, alleging that the university had retaliated against him and ignored red flags that…


Harvard Team Is Disqualified for Cheating in College Video-Game Competition

A team representing Harvard University has been disqualified from an intercollegiate video-game tournament for cheating, ESPN reported. The winners of the competition, called “Heroes of the Dorm,” receive tuition money for their college careers, according to the event’s website.

A notice from tournament operators said that a competitor on Team Ambush, representing Harvard, had been caught sharing online-account information with a higher-rated player who was not on the team’s roster during offi…


Anti-Semitic Fliers Appear at Colleges in Printer Hack by Neo-Nazi Group

Several colleges fell victim last week to a hack by a neo-Nazi group that resulted in network-connected campus printers’ spitting out fliers featuring anti-Semitic messages, according to the Associated Press and other news outlets.

Princeton, Brown, and DePaul University, as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Southern California were among the colleges that saw the fliers appear on their campuses.

The Anti-Defamation L…


5 More Trustees Resign From Mount St. Mary’s of Maryland

Five more trustees resigned recently from the board of Mount St. Mary’s University, marking the latest leadership changes at the Roman Catholic institution in Maryland that has been mired in controversy this year.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the five departed board members were mainly current or retired financial executives. The one trustee whom the newspaper reached for comment declined to talk about the reasons for his resignation.

The departures followed the resignation last month of…


Judge Dismisses Suit Against Columbia by Accused Man at Center of Mattress Protest

A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Columbia University by Paul Nungesser, a former student who was accused of rape in a high-profile case that drew national attention.

Mr. Nungesser’s accuser, Emma Sulkowicz, another Columbia student, publicly charged him with rape and started a performance-art project in which she carried a mattress around the New York campus to protest the university’s handling of her case. Columbia had found Mr. Nungesser not responsible for sex…


Simon Newman Resigns as President of Mount St. Mary’s

For more, see this up-to-date Chronicle article.

Simon P. Newman resigned on Monday evening as president of Mount St. Mary’s University, capping a weeks-long furor over a controversial freshman-retention plan that focused national attention on the Roman Catholic college in rural Maryland.

Mr. Newman, a former private-equity chief executive, incited a backlash by using a clumsy “drown the bunnies” analogy in reference to at-risk students. His comments, which first emerged in the college’s student…


U. of Cincinnati Police Chief Quits in Review of Fatal Shooting

The chief of the University of Cincinnati’s police force and a major in the department resigned on Friday as part of an outside review that was conducted following a fatal shooting last summer by an officer on the force, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The white officer’s shooting of Samuel DuBose, who was black, inflamed racial tensions over the actions of law enforcement and raised questions about the proper role of the university’s police department. The officer was charged with murder, and …


Texas Architecture Dean Cites Campus-Carry Law in Departing for Penn

The University of Texas at Austin’s longtime architecture dean said on Thursday that he was leaving for a position at the University of Pennsylvania and cited Texas’ controversial campus-carry law as a key factor in his decision, The Texas Tribune reported.

Frederick R. (Fritz) Steiner, who has three degrees from the Ivy League university, will become dean of Penn’s School of Design on July 1.

“I would have never applied for another job if not for campus carry,” he told the news site, referring …


Williams College President Calls Off Speech by Controversial Conservative Writer

Williams College’s president has taken what he called the “extraordinary step” of canceling a student-organized speaking engagement by a conservative writer who has been criticized as racist, The Berkshire Eagle reported.

The president, Adam F. Falk, said in a letter to the campus that he held free speech in “extremely high regard.” But he said he wanted to make it clear that Williams would not play host to John Derbyshire, a former writer for the conservative magazine the National Review. The m…


Indiana U. to Review Sex-Misconduct Cases After Allegation Against Administrator

Indiana University at Bloomington will review its handling of 18 sexual-misconduct cases after a campus official who led hearings in those cases was accused of sexual assault by a student-conduct official at another institution, The New York Times has reported.

Jill L. Creighton, assistant director for global community standards at New York University, had accused the Indiana administrator of taking advantage of her while they were attending a convention in December. Indiana placed Jason Casares…