Category Archives: Global

What’s happening abroad—and how it affects U.S. colleges.


Yoga Class Is Suspended After Students Deem It Culturally Inappropriate

Dozens of students at the University of Ottawa will have to find a new yoga class.

A group of student leaders suspended a free class that has been offered on the campus for the past seven years after concerns were raised that the exercises were a troublesome cultural appropriation, the Ottawa Sun reported on Friday.

The decision to suspend the program, in September, was made by officials at the Centre for Students With Disabilities, which is run by the university’s Student Federation, the news…


32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2016

The Rhodes Trust has announced the names of the 32 men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars from the United States for 2016. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England.

The American winners were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 22 colleges and universities. American citizens may apply for the scholarships through either the state where they legally reside or the state where they have attended college f…


Anthropology Association Moves Forward on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The American Anthropological Association moved closer to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions on Friday, as members at the group’s annual meeting, in Denver, voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution calling for the move. The resolution now will be sent to the association’s full membership for a final vote this coming spring.

The resolution calls for the association to refrain from any formal work with Israeli colleges and universities, though it does not address individual scholars. Th…


Cal State-Long Beach Student Is Among Dead in Paris Terror Attacks

[Updated (11/15/2015, 6:56 p.m.) with additional details.]

A design student at California State University at Long Beach was among those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The student, Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Californian, was attending the Strate College of Design during a semester-abroad program, according to a statement posted on Long Beach’s website.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time,” said the campus president, Jane Clos…


Cardiff U. Rejects Students’ Bid to Bar Germaine Greer From Speaking

Students at Cardiff University, in Wales, have begun an online petition to bar the feminist author Germaine Greer from speaking there next month because of her views on transgender women, The New York Times reports.

Ms. Greer, who is 76 and best known for her 1970 book The Female Eunuch, has prompted protests in the past because of comments denying that transgender women are female.

The petition campaign at Cardiff appeared to take Ms. Greer by surprise. “I don’t really know what I think of …


Former Chief Quits U. of British Columbia’s Board After Academic-Freedom Review

The former chair of the Board of Governors at the University of British Columbia has resigned from the board after the university released a report that found he had impinged on the academic freedom of a professor when he called her to complain about a blog post she had written, The Globe and Mail reports.

A fact-finder’s investigation of the matter also found that the university had not done enough to protect the academic freedom of the professor, Jennifer Berdahl, a professor of leadership stu…


Scientist Bars Countries That Let In Refugees From Using His Software

A German scientist has prohibited access to a widely used research tool he owns in European countries that he says are welcoming too many refugees, the magazine Science reports. Gangolf Jobb has pulled access to his Treefinder software, which lets researchers map species’ evolutionary ties, from scientists in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

“Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people,” Mr. Jobb wrote on his website…


Judge Orders Middlebury College to Reinstate Student Accused of Sexual Assault

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Middlebury College to reinstate a student who had been expelled over alleged sexual misconduct during a study-abroad trip last year, the Associated Press reports, citing court documents.

The student, identified only as John Doe, was initially exonerated by the School for International Training, which ran the study-abroad program, in an unnamed foreign country, in which both John Doe and his alleged victim took part. Unhappy with the school’s findings, the vict…


Charges Are Dropped Against Temple Professor Accused of Sharing Tech With China

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday dropped all charges against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing semiconductor technology with China, The New York Times reported.

The professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been charged with four counts of wire fraud. At the time the charges were announced, he was chairman of Temple’s physics department, but the university stripped him of that title and placed him on administrative leave.

Mr. Xi maintained that he was innocent, and …


Report Blasts Mexican Government’s Handling of Case of 43 Missing Students

An international committee that has reviewed the Mexican government’s handling of the case of 43 college students who went missing after their arrests during a protest nearly a year ago said in a scathing report released on Sunday that there was no evidence to support the government’s conclusion that the students had been executed by a drug gang that then incinerated their bodies.

According to reports by The New York Times, Reuters, and other news outlets, the review also determined that federal…