Category Archives: Students

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Former U. of Alaska Student Acquitted of Rape Says University Is Withholding His Degree

A former hockey player at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks who was acquitted of rape says the university system is unreasonably withholding his bachelor’s degree, the Alaska Dispatch News reported on Monday.

The former student, Nolan Youngmun, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the university system, seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

A fellow Fairbanks student accused Mr. Youngmun of rape in April 2015. He was arrested and banned from the campus, and the university began an investig…


Seattle U.’s Humanities Dean, the Subject of Student Protests, Retires

The dean of Seattle University’s humanities college, who had been placed on administrative leave this summer in the wake of student protests, has retired, The Seattle Times reports.

During a 22-day sit-in, in May, students called for Jodi O. Kelly, dean of the university’s Matteo Ricci College, to resign. They also demanded changes in the humanities college’s curriculum, which they described in a petition as “Eurocentric and Classical in nature,” “damaging,” and “stifling.” The university respon…


Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the…


Education Dept. Plans to Improve Customer Service for Student-Loan Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has adopted a new set of policies to improve student-loan servicing, the agency said in a news release on Wednesday.

In a memorandum, the department said it would work with the Treasury Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve student-loan servicing systems to protect borrowers and help them avoid defaulting on loans. The memo highlighted five specific changes.

Among the most notable, the department will create economic incentives to bet…


N.C. State Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit by Revising Disputed Policy

A Christian student group has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina State University administrators violated the group’s free-speech rights after the university revised a disputed policy, The News & Observer reported.

Under the policy, the Christian group was required to obtain a permit to speak or distribute its literature on the campus.

A federal judge last month ordered the university to temporarily cease enforcing its policy while the lawsuit by the student group, Grace Christian …


Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Plagiarism has long been one of the cardinal sins of academe. But on Tuesday it was on the lips of people nationwide, thanks to a seemingly unlikely source: the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of the speech Michelle Obama delivered when her husband was first nominated, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver.

Academics, some of whom deal with plagia…


U. of Oregon Settles With Whistle-Blowers Who Protested Handling of Student’s Therapy Records

A lawsuit against the University of Oregon by two former employees, who said the institution had viewed an alleged rape victim’s therapy records without her consent, was settled on Sunday, The Oregonian reported on Monday.

Jennifer Morlok and Karen Stokes, who worked in the university’s counseling center, will be paid a total of $425,000 under the settlement agreement.

Ms. Morlok and Ms. Stokes said in their lawsuit that co-workers had retaliated against them after they protested the university’…


Berkeley Student Is Among Those Killed in Terror Attack in France

The University of California at Berkeley reported on Sunday that one of its students was among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

The 20-year-old student, Nicolas Leslie, had been participating in a summer entrepreneurship program in Nice. He had been unaccounted for until Sunday, when his death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, the university said in a news release.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, s…


Indiana Governor, Trump’s VP Choice, Backed Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, whom Donald J. Trump named on Friday as his vice-presidential running mate, may be best known in academe for his support of a controversial “religious freedom” law last year that critics said amounted to a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Advocates of the law, formally the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argued that it was intended only to protect religious liberty. But colleges and universities across Indiana, both…


U. of Wisconsin Center Separated Students by Race to Discuss Shootings

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Multicultural Student Center held racially segregated meetings on Monday for students, faculty, and staff to discuss the recent fatal shootings of African-American men in Missouri and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week, reported the Wisconsin State Journal on Wednesday.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, the center advertised two meetings for white students and university employees and two meetings for minority stude…