Category Archives: Students

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Ban on Race-Conscious Admissions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s voter-approved ban on racial preferences in college admissions, reversing an appeals court’s 2012 decision that found the ban to be unconstitutional.

Tuesday’s decision in the case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (No. 12-682), concerned a dispute over a ballot measure called Proposal 2, which voters passed in 2006 and which barred the use of race-conscious college admissions by the state’s public colleges.

A divided federal …


7 Senators Call for Steps to Improve Colleges’ Handling of Sexual Assaults

A bipartisan group of seven U.S. senators is calling on the White House’s task force on campus sexual assaults to adopt three reforms that they say will improve how colleges respond to cases of sexual violence.

In a letter released by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, the lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Education to designate one employee to coordinate enforcement of the Clery Act, the federal campus-crime-reporting law, and Title IX of the Education Amendments …


U. of Michigan Says Talks With Black Student Union Improved Climate

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on Wednesday outlined a series of actions it had taken on the issues of diversity and campus climate, which stemmed from talks with black student activists who have questioned the university’s commitment to such diversity, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Last fall the university’s Black Student Union started a Twitter campaign, under the hashtag #BBUM, to raise awareness of black students’ experiences. And in January the same group said it would take acti…


Florida State U. Draws Scrutiny Over Response to Alleged Rape by Star QB

[Updated (4/16/2014, 7:43 p.m.) with response from Florida State University.]

An article in The New York Times asserts that Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department did not properly investigate a rape accusation against Jameis Winston, the Seminoles’ star quarterback.

A Florida State student who said she had been raped in 2012 identified Mr. Winston as her assailant. Last December the local prosecutor announced that he lacked sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Winston, who l…


Virginia Tech Paid $32,500 in Clery Act Penalties Over Response to Shootings

Virginia Tech has paid $32,500 in fines that the U.S. Department of Education imposed for campus-safety violations in the university’s response to the 2007 mass shooting on its campus, the university confirmed on Wednesday.

The department levied two fines against Virginia Tech for violations of the federal campus-safety law known as the Clery Act. The The first, $27,500, was for failing to issue a timely warning after the first of two shootings there, and the second, $5,000, was for misstating i…


Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Plan to Make Community College Free

The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would pay the tuition and fees for two years for all state high-school graduates who want to go to a community or technical college, the Associated Press reported. The State House of Representatives voted, 87 to 8, in favor of the plan, called the Tennessee Promise, on Tuesday, a day after the Senate approved it, 30 to 1.

Higher-education officials and leaders of national college-…


Obama to Give Commencement Address at West Point Next Month

President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., next month, a White House spokesman announced on Monday. According to a report by the Poughkeepsie Journal, more than 1,000 cadets are expected to graduate and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at the May 28 event, the spokesman, Keith Maley, said.

Mr. Obama will also speak at the University of California at Irvine’s commencement ceremony this year, the White House annou…


Report Faults U. of Missouri’s Response to Alleged Rape

An independent report released on Friday has criticized the University of Missouri at Columbia’s handling of a case involving a former swimmer’s alleged rape, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

The student, Sasha Menu Courey, committed suicide in 2011, about 16 months after the alleged assault.

In January the ESPN program Outside the Lines raised questions about how the Missouri flagship had handled the case. The university said at the time that it had not investigated because neither the stud…


U. of Alaska-Fairbanks Reviews Classes After Students Get Unsafe Injections

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks is reviewing guidelines for its medical-assistant programs after dozens of students injected one another with a solution that isn’t approved for use in human beings or animals, the Daily News-Miner reported.

The injections occurred during two consecutive semesters. Thirty students each received an average of 10 injections of the solution, a product called “Simulated 0.9 percent Sodium Chloride Injection.” The product is intended for use only in injection…


U. of Colorado Halts Campus-Climate Survey That Drew Criticism

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents has for now suspended a social-climate survey that was intended to gauge the extent to which students, faculty members, and employees on the system’s four campuses have felt discrimination or prejudice, after some critics raised concerns about the survey and the motives behind it, The Daily Camera reported.

University leaders cited criticism by respondents who said they might be identifiable based on their answers to certain demographic questions. A …