Category Archives: Students

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Clemson Suspends Sexual-Violence Training After Privacy Complaints

Clemson University has suspended its online Title IX training course after some students protested that it asked questions that were too personal, the Associated Press reports. University officials will review the mandatory training, which deals with preventing sexual violence in the context of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

The course contained a survey that asked questions like “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?,” and excerpts from it were…


Black Students Graduate With More Debt Than Whites, Study Finds

Black college graduates take on significantly more student debt than do their white counterparts, according to a new study by Gallup.

The study, conducted with Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation, found that half of black students who graduated from 2000 to 2014 reported graduating with more than $25,000 in debt, compared with 34 percent of white graduates who reported that level of debt. According to the study, the gap has remained roughly the same during the past four decades.

The stud…


Task Force Gives U. of California 7 Ways to Improve Sex-Assault Policies

A University of California task force has released seven recommendations aimed at standardizing policies governing sexual assault across the 10-campus system. The recommendations were part of a report presented on Wednesday at a meeting of the system’s Board of Regents.

The group’s recommendations set timetables for streamlining campuses’ policies, including:

  • Setting up an independent office devoted to survivor advocacy on each campus by January 2015.
  • Creating a systemwide website on the issue …

Christian Student Group Loses Official Status at Cal State

A Christian student group has lost its standing as an official student organization at California State University because it has declined to comply with a university policy that prohibits Cal State campuses from recognizing any student group that denies membership and leadership to students based on a variety of factors, including religion, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The group, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, is open to all students, but its bylaws require chapter leaders to…


Appeals Court Reverses Conviction Over Threatening Poem Sent to Professor

A federal appeals court has tossed out the conviction of a former Utah Valley University student who was found guilty of a felony for sending a professor an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem, according to reports by the Associated Press and The Salt Lake Tribune.

The poem, sent from the email username “siegheil_neocon” to a professor at the University of Utah, contained such phrases as “we will … detain you and slay you, by a bowie knife shoved up into the skull” and “we put the noo…


White House to Recruit College Men for Campaign Against Sexual Assault

The White House will announce on Friday a nationwide effort to curb sexual assault on college campuses by encouraging men to intervene in cases of sexual violence, the Associated Press reports.

The program, called “It’s On Us,” will attempt to frame sexual assaults as the responsibility of all college students—but especially men—to prevent. It embraces a prominent tactic in the fight against campus rape: bystander intervention.

In January, President Obama promised a “coordinated federal response”…


U.S. Investigates Alleged Sexual Hazing on W.Va. College’s Baseball Team

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Davis & Elkins College, a small, private institution in West Virginia, regarding complaints of hazing and sexual harassment involving the college’s baseball team, The Charleston Gazette reported.

A lawyer representing a former student baseball player said his client had left the college and had given up an athletic scholarship after allegedly being subjected to unwanted sexual touching multiple times by at least one upperclassman on the team. The…


Father of Student Who Jumped Off Bridge Settles With Cornell U.

The father of a Cornell University student who committed suicide by jumping off a bridge has settled a lawsuit with the university and the City of Ithaca, reports The Post-Standard, in Syracuse, N.Y.

Bradley M. Ginsburg, a freshman at Cornell, jumped off a bridge near the campus in 2010. The next year, his father, Howard Ginsburg, sued the university and the city for not outfitting the bridge in a way that prevented attempts at suicide. The lawsuit raised questions about the nature of colleges’ …


Ohio State to Revise Policies on Harassment After U.S. Finds It Violated Title IX

Ohio State University has agreed to revise its policies after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found the institution to be in violation of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, the department announced on Thursday.

The department’s office, known as OCR, began a review in 2010 to determine whether the university had responded properly to complaints of sexual harassment and assault. During the course of that review, Ohio State investigated allegations of sexu…


Project Seeks to Ease Path to 4-Year Degree for Nontraditional Students

The American Council on Education announced on Wednesday a project intended to make it easier for nontraditional students to earn four-year college degrees. Financed by a $1.86-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the new program will create roughly 100 free or inexpensive general-education courses that will earn students as much as two years’ transfer credit at some 40 participating colleges.

Some of the courses already exist, while others are yet to be created. Some will be …