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Governor Seeks Resignations of 2 Alabama State U. Trustees

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama has asked the chairman and vice chairman of Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees to resign, in the latest skirmish between Mr. Bentley and the historically black institution’s board.

Mr. Bentley, a Republican, requested that the trustees step down a day after the president of Alabama State’s student government called on the same trustees to resign. Mr. Bentley said he had been excluded from receiving a proposed amendment to the university’s bylaws that would, among other things, allow a committee chair to direct the actions of the president.

Gwendolyn Boyd, Alabama State’s president, has also clashed with some members of the board, though she said on Tuesday that the university would “respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved.”

“I have read all of the material from all of the concerned parties, which includes the (ASU SGA) president, our alumni, friends, supporters of the University and Governor Robert Bentley; and we will respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved,” said Boyd.

Several attempts to reach Dean and Wiggins on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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Minnesota Accuses For-Profit Colleges of Misleading Students

Attorney General Lori Swanson of Minnesota has accused two for-profit colleges in a lawsuit of misleading students about job opportunities and whether credits earned at those institutions would transfer elsewhere, the Star Tribune reported.

The lawsuit against Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business, which are held under common ownership, seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties, and restitution. Both institutions operate campuses in Minnesota. Globe also has campuses in Wisconsin …


Accreditor Won’t Reconsider Decision on City College of San Francisco

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said on Monday that it would not reconsider its 2013 decision to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, after an independent appeals panel ordered the commission to review the college’s compliance with accreditation standards.

The commission told the college last year that its accreditation would be rescinded, but last month an appeals panel directed the commission to once again evaluate the college. The commission said …


U. of Wisconsin Disputes Column Connecting Diversity Plan and Grading

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is disputing a column by an emeritus professor who argued that language in a campus-diversity plan calls for racial equity in the distribution of grades. The university says the professor misrepresented that effort, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The professor, W. Lee Hansen, wrote in the column that a recently approved diversity plan was based in part on a line in a 2009 document approved by the Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents. He called atten…


4 Trustees Resign From Tennessee’s Bryan College

Four members of the Board of Trustees of Bryan College, in Dayton, Tenn., have resigned, citing concerns over the leadership of the college’s president, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Tensions at the small Christian institution have been simmering in recent months, after the college clarified its 80-year-old statement of faith. The statement asserts that all of humanity is descended from Adam and Eve, and that they are historical figures not created from previous life forms. The new …


Anonymous Website Takes Aim at Paine College’s President

An anonymous website that has publicized a myriad of allegations against Paine College’s president is seeking his removal from office, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

The so-called Paine Project claims to be a “collaboration of persons who have an interest and a stake in the prosperity of Paine College,” including current and former students and faculty and staff members. Its website asserts that the historically black college’s president, George C. Bradley, and his wife have led the Georg…


U. of Iowa Scholar Will Get New Trial in Promotion-Bias Case

A federal appeals court has granted a new trial to a University of Iowa scholar who accused the institution of discriminating against her because of her conservative views, The Des Moines Register reported.

The scholar, Teresa R. Wagner, had asserted in a lawsuit that a former dean of Iowa’s law school refused to promote her because of her political beliefs and her work with conservative groups. In 2012 a jury found that Ms. Wagner’s First Amendment rights had not been violated, but deadlocked o…


Colleges Must Make ‘Good-Faith Effort’ on Clery Act Compliance, U.S. Says

The U.S. Department of Education said on Monday that colleges must make a “good-faith effort” to comply with changes in the campus-crime reporting law known as the Clery Act before the department issues final rules outlining how colleges should work to prevent crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

When Congress renewed the Violence Against Women Act last year, the Clery Act was amended to require colleges to collect statistics on incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, se…


Both Sides Find Reason to Cheer in Ruling on Transgender Student’s Suit

Both parties in a transgender student’s lawsuit against California Baptist University claimed a partial victory last week, after a judge ruled that the institution could exclude the student from on-campus classes but not from other campus services that are open to the public.

Domaine Javier, who identifies as female, was expelled from the university after revealing on a reality television show that she is biologically male. The university said she had been expelled for fraud. She now studies at Riverside City College.

Ms. Javier sued the university, citing a California law that bars discrimination on the basis of factors such as race, gender identity, and gender expression.

A judge found that the law in question applied to an organization’s business operations—such as the university’s counseling center and its library—but not its on-campus classes, according to The Press Enterprise. The judge ordered the university to pay the student $4,000 in damages and awarded her legal fees.

“CBU is pleased that the court recognized that California Baptist University is a private Christian university and is not a business establishment under the Unruh Act,” said James McDonald, an attorney for Fisher & Phillips who is representing the university. “The court also ruled that the plaintiff did not have a valid breach-of-contract claim.”

Paul Southwick, an attorney for Javier, said in an interview that the part of the ruling that favored his client provided protection for other transgender people.

“Today is a great day for transgender Californians. Today, the court recognized that transgender people are not frauds and that any business that treats them that way is in violation of the state’s anti-discrimination statute. … That is a really strong statement from the court,” Southwick said.

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Christian College Wins U.S. Exemption in Dispute With Transgender Student

The U.S. Department of Education has granted George Fox University, a Christian college in Newberg, Ore., a religious exemption from the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX in a housing dispute with a transgender student, according to PQ Monthly, an Oregon newspaper.

The student, Jayce Marcus, wanted to live on the campus with his friends but asserted that the university had denied him on-campus housing. He filed a bias complaint with the department under Title IX. But the department gra…