Category Archives: Students

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Education Dept. to Drop 5 Collection Agencies Over ‘Deceptive Practices’

[Updated (3/2/2015, 12:35 p.m.) with response from a trade association representing the five agencies.]

The U.S. Education Department is cutting ties with five private collection agencies that it says provided inaccurate information to student-loan borrowers. In an announcement late Friday, the department also said it would step up its monitoring and guidance of such collection agencies, which work under government contracts, to ensure that they give borrowers accurate data on their loans.

The …

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Diversity Declined at Medical Schools Barred From Considering Applicants’ Race

Report: “Racial Diversity in the Medical Profession: The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans on Underrepresented Student of Color Matriculation in Medical Schools”

Authors: Liliana M. Garces, assistant professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, and David Mickey-Pabello, doctoral student in sociology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Summary: The study, published in the March/April issue of The Journal of Higher Education, attempts to gauge how medic…

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U. of Oregon Amends Its Response to Sexual-Assault Lawsuit

The University of Oregon on Thursday dropped a counterclaim it had filed as part of its response to a lawsuit by a student who contends that the university mishandled her sexual-assault complaint against three basketball players, The Register-Guard reports.

In a lawsuit filed in January against the university and its head basketball coach, Dana Altman, the student alleged that the institution and the coach had made winning games a higher priority than investigating her claim.

The university file…

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Bipartisan Sex-Assault Bill Is Back on the Senate’s Agenda

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday released a bill meant to fight sexual assault on college campuses. The “Campus Accountability and Safety Act” bears the same name as one introduced last summer by many of the same senators, and calls for many of the same requirements for campuses, including:

  • The designation of confidential advisers to arrange support services for victims of sexual assault.
  • Specialized training for everyone who handles campus rape cases.
  • A biennial survey of studen…
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House Approves Modest Expansion of 529 College-Saving Plans

Seeking to capitalize on the recent brouhaha over President Obama’s effort to roll back tax breaks on 529 college-saving plans, the Republican-led House of Representatives has passed a bill that would modestly expand those plans.

The uncontroversial measure, which passed the chamber with bipartisan support, would allow plan participants to use the accounts to pay for computers and would let them redeposit refunds from colleges back into the accounts without taxes or penalties. If enacted, the le…

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Student Leaders Want Students on Sexual-Assault Panels

A group of college student-government leaders is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to reverse its recommendation that students not serve on campus hearing panels that resolve cases of sexual assault.

“While we understand and support the good spirit of the recommendation—to ensure well-trained and unbiased participation—we strongly feel that it has significant unintended consequences,” wrote 75 student-body presidents on Monday in a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Among other…

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Calling Alleged Rape Victim’s Lawsuit ‘Frivolous,’ U. of Oregon Seeks Dismissal

The University of Oregon has answered a lawsuit by a student who said she had been sexually assaulted by three basketball players with a document calling it “frivolous” and “unreasonable,” The Oregonian reports. In the document, dated earlier this month, the university and its basketball coach, Dana Altman, ask that the complaint be dismissed and that their legal fees be paid, among other things.

The lawsuit against the university and the coach was filed in January by a female student identified…

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11 Wesleyan Students Are Hospitalized With Symptoms of Drug Overdoses

At least 11 Wesleyan University students were being treated at hospitals on Sunday after apparently overdosing on MDMA, a synthetic party drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, the Hartford Courant reported. One of the students, a sophomore, was reported to be in critical condition.

A university spokeswoman, Lauren Rubenstein, said the students had “overdose symptoms consistent with the use of the drug Molly.”

Michael Whaley, Wesleyan’s vice president for student affairs, sent out an email Sunday …

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Brown Reduces Suspension of Fraternity Accused of Spiking Punch

Brown University announced on Saturday that it would reduce but not overturn a suspension of a fraternity that was accused of serving spiked punch at a party last year. Phi Kappa Psi will face two and a half years of sanctions instead of four.

The Providence Journal reported that laboratory results indicating that a female guest at a Phi Kappa Psi party tested positive for the “date rape” drug GHB had subsequently proved inconclusive. The student reported being sexually assaulted later that nigh…

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Colleges’ Credit-Card Agreements Are Hard to Find, Consumer Group Says

A consumer-advocacy group says several colleges are not making their credit-card agreements available to the public, in violation of federal law.

In a letter to two officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency, the Consumers Union said the group had contacted 10 universities, none of which “provided us any information or copies of their college credit-card agreements.” The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, enacted in 2009, requires colleges …