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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…


Tech Company Will Pay $750 Million to End Patent Fight With Carnegie Mellon

The Marvell Technology Group and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. will pay $750 million to end a long-running patent dispute with Carnegie Mellon University, the university announced on Wednesday. Carnegie Mellon sued in 2009, alleging that the company had infringed a pair of university patents based on the work of a professor and a former student.

In 2012 a federal jury awarded the university more than $1 billion in damages, but the case has been through several rounds of appeals since then.

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U. of Texas President Finalizes Plan to Carry Out Guns-on-Campus Law

The University of Texas at Austin’s president on Wednesday finalized a task force’s recommendations for carrying out a new campus-carry law that has drawn widespread criticism from faculty members.

The president’s plan, like the task force’s proposals, largely bans concealed firearms from on-campus dormitories and prohibits them from being carried in laboratories where their presence could be especially dangerous. But the plan does not exclude concealed guns from classrooms, a proposal that has


Mount St. Mary’s President Stays in Office as Students Rally to Support Him

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Simon P. Newman rejected a call by faculty members to resign as president of Mount St. Mary’s University by Monday morning, as students staged a rally on the Maryland campus to show their support for the embattled leader.

Mr. Newman has been under fire for weeks about a controversial freshman-retention plan and a blunt metaphor that he used to describe at-risk students. The backlash his comments provoked intensi…


Fraternity Releases Findings on Racist Chant by Oklahoma Chapter

The national office of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on Wednesday released the findings of an investigation into an incident last year at the University of Oklahoma that involved a racist chant sung by members of its chapter there.

Video of the chant, which gained national attention within hours of its release online, fueled twin conversations about race and the role of fraternities in modern student life. Oklahoma’s president, David L. Boren, quickly expelled the two students who were caug…


Florida State to Pay $950,000 to Settle Title IX Suit by Quarterback’s Accuser

[Updated (1/25/2016, 6:39 p.m.) with more on the disposition of the settlement money.]

Florida State University will pay $950,000 to settle a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a former student who said she had been raped by a star quarterback for the Seminoles, USA Today reports. The university also agreed to make a five-year commitment to prevention and training programs.

The plaintiff, Erica Kinsman, sued the university a year ago, and in August a judge rejected Florida State’s bid to dismiss …