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3 Alarming Statistics in a National Report on Campus Sexual Assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat of Missouri, released on Wednesday the results of a national survey on colleges’ handling of cases of sexual assault. Three findings stood out:

  1. Of the surveyed institutions, 41 percent said they had not conducted any investigations into sexual assault during the preceding five years.
  2. Of the same group, 22 percent said they had given their athletics departments oversight of sexual-assault cases involving athletes.
  3. And 43 percent of surveyed institutions said the…

NCAA Issues Guidelines on Concussion Management

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Monday released a set of guidelines urging colleges to limit contact in football practices and to have independent doctors evaluate players’ injuries. Many of the guidelines were prompted by widespread concern over concussions in football at all levels.

The guidelines are the product of six months of work after a January meeting that focused on safety in college football. Among the suggestions are that football programs limit contact practices to t…


Charge Is Dropped Against Ex-Official in Chapel Hill Academic Scandal

Prosecutors have dropped a felony charge against Julius Nyang’oro, the former department chair at the center of an academic scandal that has rocked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the News & Observer reports.

The Orange County district attorney, Jim Woodall, said the charge had been dismissed because of Mr. Nyang’oro’s cooperation with both a criminal investigation and an independent inquiry set to be completed in the fall.

Mr. Nyang’oro had been charged with obtaining property …


Outside Groups Seek NLRB’s Ear in Appeal on Northwestern Athlete Union

Three prominent groups have filed briefs with the National Labor Relations Board in opposition to Northwestern University athletes’ bid to form a union. The NCAA, the American Council on Education, and a group of Republicans in Congress all urged the board to overturn a ruling, issued by a regional NLRB official, that college athletes can be designated employees.

Meanwhile, reports, the athletes drew supporting briefs from the players’ unions in five major professional sports leagu…


Man Accused of 3 Murders Is Featured in U. of Florida Football Calendar

Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots who has been indicted on three murder charges, is featured in a University of Florida football-themed calendar, according to several reports. The calendar was not produced or distributed by the university, according to the program’s Twitter account, which noted that approval of the calendar probably occurred in the spring of 2013.

That was before Mr. Hernandez, who played football at the university, was indicted—on a homicide cha…


Embattled Former Literacy Specialist Sues U. of North Carolina

Mary C. Willingham, a former learning specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose research called into question the literacy of athletes there, has sued the university, WRAL-TV reports.

Ms. Willingham, who resigned at the end of the spring semester, told the station that she had asked the UNC system’s Board of Governors to reinstate her. The university said in April that an external review had found that her claims about athletes’ literacy were unsupported. She did not o…


3 Years Later, NCAA Will Resume Academic Investigation at Chapel Hill

The NCAA will resume its 2011 investigation into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the university announced on Monday. According to the university, the NCAA’s decision was prompted by new information and the willingness of individuals “who were previously uncooperative” to talk to its staff.

In early June the News & Observer reported that Julius Nyang’oro, a former department chairman accused of overseeing fake classes that enrolled athletes in dispropor…


U. of Oregon Suspends 3 Athletes at Center of Sex-Assault Controversy

The University of Oregon has banned three basketball players from the university for at least four years after a university investigation found them responsible for sexual misconduct, The Register-Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Ore., reported.

The three athletes have been at the center of a controversy over the campus’s handling of sexual-assault complaints since it became known that they had been allowed to play in the NCAA basketball tournament, in March, while the Eugene police were still inve…


U. of Kentucky Signs 15-Year, $210-Million Media-Rights Deal

The University of Kentucky announced on Tuesday that it had signed a 15-year, $210-million deal that will award its athletics and multimedia rights to a company called JMI Sports, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The deal, which will take effect in April 2015, is being billed as one of the most lucrative partnerships in college athletics that does not include television rights, according to ESPN. It will replace the university’s agreement with IMG, which was worth $80.5-million over 10 ye…


Local Police to Alter Rape Reporting After High-Profile Case at Florida State

The police in Tallahassee, Fla., are revising how they collect complaints of sexual assault, following criticism of the police department’s handling of a rape accusation against the Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, The New York Times reports.

The department and the university drew intense criticism in April, after an article in the Times asserted that neither entity adequately investigated accusations that Mr. Winston had raped another student.

Mr. Winston, who was never inte…