Category Archives: Students

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Student-Conduct Group’s President-Elect Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Predecessor

[Updated (2/4/2016, 5:14 p.m.) with a statement from a lawyer representing Mr. Casares.]

The president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration published an open letter on Wednesday asserting that her predecessor, who recently stepped down, had sexually assaulted her.

The president-elect, Jill L. Creighton, assistant director for global community standards at New York University, said in the letter, posted on Twitter, that Jason Casares “took advantage” of her at a convention …


College in Indiana Cancels Classes Over Diversity Concerns

Earlham College, in Richmond, Ind., canceled classes on Thursday after a group of students voiced concerns about diversity on the campus, The Palladium-Item reports.

Protesting students said in a “List of Requirements Concerning Students of Color,” delivered to administrators on Monday, that the “campus is unsuitable for students of color to thrive.”

In the document, the students laid out nine demands, including increasing the number of minority faculty members, requiring racial-diversity traini…


Brown U. Faculty Votes to Recognize ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

On Brown University’s 2015-16 academic calendar, Columbus Day does not appear. The day in October when classes aren’t held is called the Fall Weekend holiday. Starting next autumn, though, the day will bear a new name: Indigenous People’s Day.

Faculty members at their monthly meeting on Tuesday approved a student-led effort to rename the campus holiday, The Brown Daily Herald reports.

Members of the group Native Americans at Brown, among other student organizations, gathered before the vote with…


State-Colleges Association Will ‘Reimagine’ First Year of College

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities will team up with 44 institutions to “reimagine the first year of college” with an eye to the success of students who come from low-income or minority backgrounds or who are the first in their family to attend college.

According to a statement released on Monday, the project, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the organization USA Funds, is aimed at easing the attainment of a college degree. The participating cam…


British Prime Minister Criticizes Oxford for Low Enrollment of Disadvantaged Students

The University of Oxford is pushing back against Prime Minister David Cameron’s assertion that the British university isn’t enrolling a diverse-enough student body.

Over the weekend, The Guardian reported, Mr. Cameron said there were “huge discrepancies” in the offers extended to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and pledged to enact legislation that would “shine a spotlight” on the university’s admissions decisions.

The university responded by saying that any inequality observed in highe…


One-Third of Seats on Missouri System’s Governing Board Are Now Empty

A second member of the University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators has resigned in less than a week, leaving a full third of the seats empty as the system struggles to move past the upheaval that claimed the jobs of its president and flagship chancellor last year.

The Columbia Missourian reports that David L. Steward resigned on Monday for personal reasons, leaving the board without a single African-American member. Last week Yvonne Sparks, the board’s other black curator, resigned just tw…


ESPN Investigation Alleges Mishandling of Campus Rape at Baylor U.

An ESPN investigation chronicles several instances in which female former students at Baylor University say it failed to offer them support after they were sexually assaulted, between 2009 and 2012.

“They didn’t just not respond; they responded by turning me away and telling me that it was not possible for me to receive help from them,” one woman told ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Baylor, which is not among the more than 100 campuses under federal Title IX investigation, did not make administrators …


Mizzou Professor Who Blocked Journalists From Protest Is Suspended

Melissa A. Click, the University of Missouri communications professor who tried to block student journalists from covering a campus protest in November, has been suspended by the university system’s Board of Curators. In a statement posted after a special meeting of the board on Wednesday night, the board said Ms. Click had been suspended “pending further investigation,” with the possibility of “additional discipline.”

Since she was caught on camera last fall calling for “some muscle” to remove …


Former Mizzou Chief Blames Others for Resignation in ‘Confidential’ Letter

Timothy M. Wolfe, the former president of the University of Missouri system who stepped down last year amid fierce protests over racism at the Columbia flagship, says in a newly disclosed “confidential” letter that many other parties were to blame for his resignation.

In the letter, sent by Mr. Wolfe to supporters and obtained by The Columbia Missourian, Mr. Wolfe blames R. Bowen Loftin, the former flagship chancellor, Gary Pinkel, the flagship’s head football coach, and some system board member…


Bar Association Investigates Bias Complaint at BYU Law School

The American Bar Association is investigating a complaint that Brigham Young University’s law school violates the group’s nondiscrimination guidelines by maintaining policies that allow the expulsion of students for being homosexual or for losing their Mormon faith before graduation. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that, upon entering the university, students sign a code of conduct affirming that they will not violate Mormon teachings, which also forbid drinking alcohol and having sex before marri…