The number of reported sexual assaults at the U.S. military academies fell slightly this past year, from 80 to 70, according to an annual report expected to be released on Friday by the Department of Defense. In more than half of the cases, assault victims filed restricted reports, in which they sought medical or other care but did not make a formal complaint.
In the past, academy students have underreported incidents of assault by as much as two-thirds, citing fears of retaliation by authorities, ostracism by peers, and concern about punishment.
The Associated Press noted that sports and clubs will be a special target of prevention efforts after recent athletics-related harassment and assaults at the U.S. Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies.
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Evan S. Dobelle has retired as president of Westfield State University, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
Mr. Dobelle, recently suspended from the job, has been fighting allegations that he spent university money excessively on travel and designer clothes. He has gone so far as to countersue the state official and trustees who had played roles in placing him on leave in October.
A spokesman told The Boston Globe that Mr. Dobelle planned to continue his …
The Career Education Corporation has received preliminary approval for a $27.5-million settlement with investors for making misleading statements about job-placement rates for graduates of its programs, according to Bloomberg News.
The for-profit higher-education company was sued last year by a shareholder, Thurman Ross, and other investors, who asserted that Career Education had inflated placement rates and made other misleading statements in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission….
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Sidney A. Ribeau, president of Howard University for the past five years, retired suddenly on Tuesday. The Washington Post reported that Mr. Ribeau had announced he was stepping down after a “tense three-day Board of Trustees meeting” last weekend.
Mr. Ribeau’s retirement comes on the heels of a troubled year for Howard, in which deans and trustees publicly blasted leaders of the historically black university for mismanagement, falling enrollment, and a hospital in financia…
Just before the Labor Day weekend, Geraldo Rivera announced that Duquesne University had nixed his invitation to moderate a panel because of a photograph the TV personality posted on social media. Mr. Rivera, who was supposed to appear during a conference marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, had originally been invited because he was the first to air a bootlegged copy of Abraham Zapruder’s home movie showing the assassination.
However, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the invitation was rescinded because of a tweet that Mr. Rivera posted in July. The message included a cellphone self-portrait of Mr. Rivera, naked except for a strategically placed towel, celebrating his recent birthday with the words “70 is the new 50.”
The selfie was deemed inappropriate by leaders at the Roman Catholic university, who asked conference organizers to retract the panel invitation. A spokeswoman, Bridget Fare, told the newspaper, “We warn our students not to put anything inappropriate on social media because of potential consequences—you could consider this teaching by example.”
The champion cheerleading squad at Towson Univerisity has been suspended from competition for the entire academic year after a weeks-long investigation into hazing allegations, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Suspending an entire team is unusual, according to Jim Lord, executive director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators. Students will not be allowed to compete until May.
In April the squad took home a first-place trophy at a national-championship competition. The team is appealing the suspension.
A third friend of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, was indicted on Thursday on charges of lying to investigators during a probe following the deadly terrorist attack in April. Prosecutors say that Robel Phillipos, along with Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, lied to investigators about the removal of fireworks and other items from the bombing suspect’s dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Mr. Kadyrbayev and Mr. Tazhayakov were indicted on August 8 for allegedly taking a backpack of fireworks from the dorm room and tossing it and other items in the trash.
When you think about it, it’s surprising that blinders aren’t a more popular weapon in the fight against cheating. A set of screens that keeps eyes forward—and billow conspicuously when a student turns his head—seems like a cheaper solution, certainly, than paying a proctor to watch a student’s eyeballs on a Webcam. Nevertheless, people are talking about students at Thailand’s Kasetsart University, who fashioned some homemade blinders:
The hats, which were made out of computer paper, have gone v…
William Merrill, a former professor at Central Michigan University, was sentenced to 70 months in prison on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to charges related to child pornography. Mr. Merrill, whose research specialty was Internet censorship, was charged with four felonies in November 2012. He resigned from the university shortly afterward. According to the Associated Press, 106,000 images and 1,600 videos of child porn were in Mr. Merrill’s possession, both on his university-owned computer and at his home.
Drinking remains a problem on college campuses. However, a new public-service campaign by the rodent community at Pennsylvania State University aims to change all of that.
Penn State students, upon their 21st birthday, will receive a link to a special Web site promoting safe drinking habits. The site is hosted by the university’s health-services offices, but stars prominent members of the campus’s squirrel leadership, wearing appropriately festive hats. Make sure you turn your speakers on, as th…