Category Archives: Students

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Virginia State U. President Will Resign Following Student Protests

In the wake of protests of declining enrollment and cuts in campus services, the president of Virginia State University, Keith T. Miller, will resign at the end of December, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The announcement followed a three-hour, closed-session meeting of the historically black university’s Board of Visitors. Harry Black, the board’s rector, reported the change, saying the college “should move in another direction strategically.”

One month ago, students gathered to protest b…


Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape

Students on college campuses across the country are dragging their mattresses out of their beds as part of a “national day of action” expressing solidarity with survivors of rape.

The demonstrations, united under the slogan “Carry That Weight,” were sparked by a Columbia University senior’s protest, in which she has vowed to drag her mattress with her across the campus until her rapist is expelled. Emma Sulkowicz has been carrying her mattress since August.

Below is a roundup of images from the …


Strife Threatens Occidental College’s Response to Sex Assault, Report Says

Conflict and distrust between activists and the administration threaten Occidental College’s ability to improve how it handles sexual assault, according to a new report.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 130-page audit, sponsored by the institution’s president, Jonathan Veitch, cites at least 45 steps Occidental has taken to improve its procedures for handling reports of sexual assault.

But Caroline Heldman, an associate professor of politics and a prominent activist, dismissed the report’s…


Northwestern Professor Sues Student Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault

Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University who has been at the center of a long-running controversy over an undergraduate student’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her and that Northwestern mishandled her complaint, is suing the student for defamation, the Chicago Tribune reported. In his lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in a state court in Illinois, Mr. Ludlow contends that the student knowingly made false statements to the news media and to Northwestern professors after …


Bloomberg Foundation Leads New Effort Against ‘Undermatching’

A new project led by the billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg’s philanthropic foundation will try to raise the number of low-income students attending top-tier colleges, The New York Times reports. Bloomberg Philanthropies and a number of other groups will announce their plans on Tuesday.

The project focuses on academically successful students in the bottom half of the income range. Its aim is to increase the number of those students who attend institutions with six-year graduation rates of more tha…


3 Colleges Drop Questions About Applicants’ Criminal Histories

Three colleges in New York State have agreed to drop from their applications questions about prospective students’ criminal records, The New York Times reports. A review conducted by the state’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, found that St. John’s University, Five Towns College, and Dowling College make overly broad inquiries into applicants’ criminal histories.

The review arose out of a concern that racial disparities in how the police make arrests place an unfair burden on minority ap…


4 Fraternity Members at U. of Nebraska Face Charges in Alcohol-Related Death

Four members of a fraternity at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln were arrested on felony charges on Thursday on suspicion of procuring the alcohol that resulted in an 18-year-old freshman’s death, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The freshman, Clayton Real, was found dead in his room at the FarmHouse fraternity’s campus residence on the morning of September 5. He had attended an off-campus party held by the fraternity the night before, an assistant chief of the university police told the …


3 Senators Urge Education Dept. to Make Studying Abroad Safer

Three U.S. senators urged the education secretary, Arne Duncan, in a letter on Thursday to provide better safety information to college students who plan to study abroad.

The letter—signed by Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats—recommends, among other things, that the Education Department better advertise the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Links to sign up for the program should be provided in the …


West Virginia U. Expels 3 for Role in Rioting After Football Victory

West Virginia University has expelled three students for their part in destructive rioting on Saturday after the football team upset Baylor University. Law-enforcement agencies also charged 11 other students with crimes.

“We have made it clear that this university will hold students accountable for their unlawful behavior,” said the university’s president, Gordon Gee, in a written statement. “We will not allow individuals to remain enrolled who commit these crimes and damage the reputation and…


3 Questions Left Unanswered by Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Report

After the latest report of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina flagship was released on Wednesday, administrators said that, disturbing as the findings were, the campus’s four-year nightmare might finally end.

“I believe we now know all that we are able to know about what happened and how it happened,” said the system’s president, Thomas W. Ross, according to an account in The Daily Tar Heel.

But the 136-page report, the result of an investigation led by a former federal prosecuto…