Category Archives: Students

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32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2015

Thirty-two American students have been chosen as winners of Rhodes scholarships for 2015, the Rhodes Trust announced on Saturday. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

The American scholars-elect were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 21 colleges and universities. They will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other juris…


UVa Temporarily Suspends Fraternities in Response to Rape Allegations

The president of the University of Virginia on Saturday suspended all fraternal organizations until early January, the latest in the institution’s response to a Rolling Stone article alleging a “cycle of sexual violence and institutional indifference” at the elite public college.

The magazine article, which was published on Wednesday, describes a gang rape of a first-year student in a UVa fraternity house in 2012. Earlier this week the university commissioned an investigation of the incident an…


UVa’s First Pick to Lead Rape Inquiry Is Alumnus of Fraternity in Question

After an article in Rolling Stone described the case of a student who was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house, the university on Thursday commissioned an investigation led by a former U.S. deputy attorney general. There was one problem, however: The choice, Mark Filip, was once a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity where the assault is alleged to have happened.

The state’s attorney general, Mark R. Herring, said on Friday that Mr. Filip would not be leading the investigat…


Syracuse U. Protesters End Sit-In and Move Into ‘Phase 2′

Students at Syracuse University who had been staging a protest at the university’s administration building for the past 18 days ended their occupation on Thursday, The Post-Standard reported.

A student coalition called THE General Body was protesting against what its supporters called a lack of transparency and inclusiveness at the institution. Ben Kuebrich, a graduate student and organizer of the student coalition, told the newspaper that the group had decided “that maintaining the space isn’t …


Florida State U. in Shock After Early-Morning Shooting

[Updated (11/20/2014, 1:22 p.m.) with information on the gunman.]

A lone gunman opened fire in a library at Florida State University early Thursday morning, injuring three students, according to news-media reports. The police shot and killed him after he fired at them.

As of 9 a.m., one of the victims was in critical condition, one was in good condition, and one, grazed by a bullet, had been treated and released at the scene, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The rampage began around 12:30 a.m….


UVa President Responds to ‘Rolling Stone’ Article About Rape on Campus

An article published by Rolling Stone on Wednesday accuses the University of Virginia of turning a blind eye to a “culture of hidden sexual violence” on its campus, but the institution’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, responded in a statement posted on the university’s Website Wednesday evening that UVa takes seriously both the issue of sexual misconduct and the institution’s duty to provide a safe environment for its students.

The magazine article, “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Strugg…


U. of California Committee Approves Tuition Increases Amid Protests

A committee of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The meeting, at the university’s San Francisco campus, saw fireworks inside and out. Hundreds of student protesters gathered beforehand, attempted to keep the regents from entering, and jostled with campus police officers when they intervened. Karl Pister, an 89-year-old former chancellor of the s…


Senior Democrats Criticize Changes in Education Dept.’s Default Rate

Two senior Democratic lawmakers sent a letter on Tuesday to the education secretary, Arne Duncan, criticizing changes the Education Department has made in how it calculates cohort default rates on student loans. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California took the department to task for exempting from penalties some colleges with default rates of 30 percent or more.

“With few exceptions, any institution or program where students consistently default over the 30% threshold should…


Medical-Colleges Group Releases Standards for Treating LGBT Patients

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released a set of guidelines aimed at helping medical schools better train physicians to treat people who are LGBT, don’t identify with a gender, or are born with differences of sex development. The guidelines, contained in a report, are the first comprehensive set of standards for treating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, according to a news release from the organization.

Such patients “often experience challenges when seeking ca…


Performance-Funding Formulas Spur Some State Colleges to Raise Admissions Standards

Report: “Unintended Impacts of Performance Funding on Community Colleges and Universities in Three States”

Authors: Hana Lahr, Lara Pheatt, Kevin Dougherty, Sosanya Jones, Rebecca Natow, and Vikash Reddy

Organization: Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College

Summary: New policies in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee that link significant portions of state budget allocations to colleges’ graduation and persistence rates are causing some four-year colleges to become m…