All posts by Nick DeSantis


Lehigh U. Reaches Pact With U.S. to Resolve Racial-Bias Complaint

Lehigh University has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to resolve a graduate’s complaint alleging that the university mishandled race-related incidents, The Morning Call reported.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights had been investigating a complaint of a racially hostile environment on the campus. The complaint was filed by a 1977 Lehigh graduate who asserted that the university had failed to report an incident of racially charged vandalism at Lehigh’s multicult…


U. of Arizona Reprimands Professor in Wake of Plagiarism Inquiry

The University of Arizona has reprimanded a professor after an investigation into allegations that she plagiarized the work of a former student, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The student accused Susannah Dickinson, an assistant professor in Arizona’s School of Architecture, of lifting material from his master’s thesis and presenting it as her own work. Ms. Dickinson was the faculty adviser for the student’s thesis.

A university committee reviewed three allegations of plagiarism. Andrew C. Com…


Salaita Will Give Lecture at Centenary College of Louisiana

Steven G. Salaita, the scholar at the center of an academic-freedom controversy that has rocked the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a public lecture on Monday at Centenary College of Louisiana, the college announced on Thursday.

Illinois had offered Mr. Salaita a tenured professorship in American Indian studies, but later withdrew it after the scholar attracted scrutiny for a stream of profanity-laced tweets that criticized Israel. Many academics have denounced the universi…


Police Officer’s Conviction in U. of Maryland Beating Case Is Overturned

A judge has overturned the conviction of a police officer in Prince George’s County, Md., who had been found guilty of second-degree assault in the 2010 beating of a student at the University of Maryland at College Park. The incident took place during a celebration following a Maryland win over Duke University in men’s basketball. The officer, James Harrison Jr., served 30 days of home confinement. A second officer had faced similar charges, but only Officer Harrison was convicted.

State’s attorney’s office spokesman John Erzen says prosecutors were disappointed that the judge set aside the jury’s verdict.

A message left Wednesday for Harrison’s attorney was not immediately returned.

A video that surfaced showed officers in riot gear beating McKenna. Charges were later dropped against him and many of the 28 arrested that night.

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Adjuncts at College in Louisiana Get Paychecks After Extra Delay

Adjunct instructors at Delgado Community College, in Louisiana, will no longer have to wait seven weeks to receive their first paychecks of the semester, The Times-Picayune reported.

Adjuncts at Delgado had complainted to the newspaper about the college’s decision to extend their wait for their first paychecks from five weeks to seven, two weeks later than the date listed in their contracts. College officials had blamed the delay on new compliance requirements associated with the Affordable Care Act, though many adjuncts at Delgado questioned that justification.

Delgado later announced that the instructors’ checks would be issued ahead of schedule, with pay deposited into their accounts on Tuesday.

“Our payroll personnel has been working diligently since the start of the semester to make sure all the data was entered correctly,” Stanton McNeeley, the vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Delgado, said by phone on Tuesday morning. “As a result of their efforts, the process was completed yesterday.”

McNeeley said he could not speak to whether the article or criticism from part-time faculty had influenced the expedited payments.

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Professor Accused of Past Sex Abuse Resigns From U. of St. Thomas (Minn.)

A professor at the University of St. Thomas who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than a decade ago has resigned from the Minnesota university’s faculty, the Star Tribune reported.

The Rev. Michael J. Keating, an associate professor of Catholic studies, was accused of abusing the girl while he was studying to be a priest. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The university announced his resignation this week and posted his resignation letter on its website.

“After careful considerat…


Paine College’s President Resigns Amid Accreditation Troubles

George C. Bradley resigned on Tuesday as president of Paine College, which has faced scrutiny from its accreditor and calls for Mr. Bradley to be removed from office, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Paine’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, placed the Georgia college on probation in June, saying it had failed to resolve problems with its finances and governance. An anonymous website called the Paine Project, which claimed to document mismanagem…


21 Individuals Are Named as MacArthur Fellows for 2014

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 21 individuals as recipients of MacArthur Fellowships for 2014, and several of the winners have affiliations with colleges. The foundation said in a news release that the fellowships recognize “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.”

Each fellowship winner receives a “no strings attached” grant of $625,000, which is paid out over f…


U. of West Florida Trustees and Faculty Clash Over President’s Performance

Faculty members at the University of West Florida and the institution’s Board of Trustees are at odds over the performance of the university’s president, Judith A. Bense, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

Last week the university’s Faculty Senate voted no confidence in Ms. Bense’s leadership. Faculty members asserted that she had put the university’s accreditation and state financing at risk by overseeing lax admissions policies and that she had given priority to the university’s foot…


Ohio State to Revise Policies on Harassment After U.S. Finds It Violated Title IX

Ohio State University has agreed to revise its policies after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found the institution to be in violation of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, the department announced on Thursday.

The department’s office, known as OCR, began a review in 2010 to determine whether the university had responded properly to complaints of sexual harassment and assault. During the course of that review, Ohio State investigated allegations of sexu…