Category Archives: Students

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3 Key Findings in Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Investigation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the findings of a long-awaited, independent investigation into academic fraud in its department of African and Afro-American studies. The comprehensive, 136-page report tells a gripping narrative full of new revelations in the prolonged scandal. The findings take aim at a number of people at Chapel Hill who have previously been implicated in the scandal but who have denied any knowledge of or role in the alleged fraud.

Here a…


Parties Turn Violent Near 2 Campuses, and the Colleges’ Leaders Promise Sanctions

Celebrations in two college towns turned violent over the weekend, and the presidents of both institutions said that any students found to have participated in the riots could face serious consequences, including expulsion.

In Keene, N.H., the chaos began on Saturday afternoon near the campus of Keene State College when several people were injured by thrown bottles during the city’s annual Pumpkin Festival, The Boston Globe reported. On Saturday night crowds spread across the town, and video sho…


College Brings Opportunity, but Paying for It Offers Challenges, Fed Chair Says

Higher education is one of the “cornerstones” of economic opportunity, Janet L. Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board, said on Friday in an unusual and closely watched speech about growing inequality. But her remarks, given at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, did not cast higher education’s role in an entirely favorable light.

The earnings premium of a college degree has grown, Ms. Yellen said in her prepared remarks, and the “net returns for a degree are high enough that college still o…


Education Dept. to Release Final Rules on Colleges’ Handling of Crime

The U.S. Education Department on Monday will publish the final rules governing how colleges must alter their handling of campus crime. The new rules, which revise regulations to carry out the law known as the Clery Act, will require colleges to, among other things:

  • Add gender identity and nationality as categories to consider when determining whether a hate crime has occurred.
  • Include in their annual security reports details of their policies covering cases of dating violence, domestic violence…

Free-Speech Lawsuit About Student’s Remarks on Lesbianism May Proceed

A free-speech lawsuit in which a former student at the University of New Mexico has accused it of blasting her views on lesbianism may proceed in court, a federal judge ruled last month. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Judge M. Christina Armijo of the U.S. District Court in Albuquerque denied the university’s motion to dismiss the case, which was filed last year by Monica Pompeo.

The case stems from a film critique Ms. Pompeo completed as part of a class in 2012. In the critique, she called…


Racial Vandalism Sparks Protests at U. of Massachusetts at Amherst

Racial vandalism found outside three dormitory-room doors over the weekend sparked protests over race relations at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Wednesday evening, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported.

The university is investigating the graffiti messages, which  threatened African-American and Mexican students with obscenities. According to the Gazette, one of the messages read, “Kill these Mexicans can’t even speak English.”

In response to the incident, the university’s Nationa…


Feminist Speaker’s Cancellation Spurs Protest of Misogyny in Video-Gaming

A prominent critic of misogyny in video-gaming culture canceled a speech she was scheduled to give at Utah State University on Tuesday after she drew death threats. But the threats weren’t what prompted Anita Sarkeesian to cancel the talk, she said on Twitter:


N.C. State U. Suspends 7 Football Players After BB-Gun Incident

North Carolina State University suspended seven football players on Monday for participating in what it called a “game with BB guns at their off-campus residence,” The News & Observer reported. The players, who include two defensive starters, will miss this weekend’s game with the University of Louisville.

There is no police report on the incident, and no charges have been filed against the players, but the Wolfpack’s head football coach, Dave Doeren, said in a written statement that he “believ…


High Schools’ Average Incomes Predict College Enrollment, Study Finds

Report: “High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates”

Organization: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Summary: Students who graduate from high schools with low average income levels remain less likely to enroll in college than do their counterparts from schools with higher average incomes.

The report divides public, non-charter high schools according to three characteristics: income level, percentage of minority students, and locale. Of those factors, income le…


Rape Allegation Against U. of Florida Quarterback Is Dropped

The woman who accused a quarterback on the University of Florida’s football team of sexually assaulting her has withdrawn her complaint, according to a statement issued on Friday by the university.

The statement reads, in part: “The student who accused Treon Harris of sexual battery has withdrawn her criminal complaint. This means she is not pursuing criminal charges against him at this time but maintains the right to do so in the future.”

Mr. Harris was accused on Sunday of sexually assaulting …