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Marist College Is Criticized for Agreeing to Play Duke U. Despite Controversial ‘Bathroom’ Bill

[Updated (8/19/2016, 4:09 p.m.) with additional comments from the college.

In November, the men’s basketball team at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will face off against Duke University in a nonconference matchup as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff. It’s a rare opportunity for the private institution to play on national television in Durham’s famous Cameron Indoor Stadium, against a star opponent.

But the college’s decision to participate in the game — rep…


Ken Starr Resigns Faculty Position at Baylor

Kenneth W. Starr is leaving Baylor University, the university announced Friday in a news release.

The former president gave up his faculty position at Baylor’s law school after a semester of turmoil at the university.

In May, after an investigation determined that the university had mishandled sexual assaults to protect the college’s football team, Baylor’s Board of Regents fired the head football coach, Art Briles, placed the athletic director, Ian McCaw, on probation, and demoted Mr. Starr to …


Clemson’s Football Team Is Getting a Nap Room and a Lot of Other Stuff

Clemson University is building an enormous $55-million facility for the football program, and it has a lot of features. As The State, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper, reports, that includes a theater, a golf simulator, and an “outdoor village” that has basketball courts and miniature golf.

It also has what appears to be a first in college football: a nap room, with eight bunk beds, some bean bags, and massage chairs. “The No. 1 problem is lack of sleep,” Thad Turnipseed, the university’s director of…


Justice Dept. Sues New Mexico State U. Over Alleged Equal-Pay Violation

[Updated (8/11/2016, 6:30 p.m.) with a response from the university.]

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against New Mexico State University, alleging that the university paid a female former assistant track coach significantly less than her male colleagues, the department announced on Thursday.

The department’s complaint accuses the university of paying the female coach, Meaghan Harkins, thousands of dollars less per year than it paid two male assistant track coaches with similar…


Disgraced Chapel Hill Ethicist Says Claims Against Her Are Totally False

Jan Boxill, the ethicist and former faculty chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose apparent participation in the shocking academic fraud there left observers amazed, says all the allegations against her are false.

In a letter responding to the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday, Ms. Boxill’s lawyer, Randall M. Roden, said the claims made against her in a report by a former federal prosecutor, Kenneth L. Wainstein, were untrue.

“It did not happen,” the def…


Former U. of Alaska Student Acquitted of Rape Says University Is Withholding His Degree

A former hockey player at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks who was acquitted of rape says the university system is unreasonably withholding his bachelor’s degree, the Alaska Dispatch News reported on Monday.

The former student, Nolan Youngmun, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the university system, seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

A fellow Fairbanks student accused Mr. Youngmun of rape in April 2015. He was arrested and banned from the campus, and the university began an investig…


NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is conducting a survey about discrimination in cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so, USA Today reported on Friday.

The questionnaire is being distributed to the cities’ organizing groups after the National Basketball Association said it would relocate its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., to another city because of the controversial bathroom bill that was enacted in North Carolina this past spring. The new la…


Despite Controversy, Berkeley Renews a Football Coach’s $150,000 Contract

The University of California at Berkeley has renewed a $150,000 annual contract for Damon Harrington, a strength coach for the football team, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A faculty group had called on Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, to not renew the contract until the university figured out whether Mr. Harrington had played a role in the death of one football player and the hospitalization of another. The faculty members demanded a new, independent investigation of Mr. Harringt…


Georgia Southern U. Staff Members Helped Athletes Cheat, NCAA Rules

Two staff members at Georgia Southern University breached ethical-conduct rules by providing forbidden academic assistance to three athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Thursday, citing a decision by its Division I Committee on Infractions.

In one instance, an assistant director of compliance gave a football player a thumb drive containing coursework from a previous semester that the player then used for a class he was enrolled in, the NCAA said. The student eventu…


U. of Tennessee to Pay $2.48 Million to Settle Title IX Lawsuit

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.48 million to settle a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of violating the Title IX gender-equity law in how it responded to alleged sexual assaults by six athletes against eight women, The Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

As part of the settlement, which needs a federal judge’s approval to go into effect, the university also agreed to convene a special independent commission to look into how all campus…