Category Archives: Students

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UVa Student Newspaper Apologizes for Cringeworthy April Fools’ Issue

The University of Virginia has seen just about every controversy endemic to higher education over the past few years: a president who beat back a board-engineered ouster, a reported — and later discredited — account of a gang rape at a fraternity house, and a black student violently arrested by off-campus police officers.

Well, piggybacking off that last controversy, the Charlottesville campus crossed another one off the list on Wednesday: a student newspaper’s April Fools’ joke issue gone terri…


Syracuse U. to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks From Its Endowment

Syracuse University announced on Tuesday that it was prohibiting the direct investment of its endowment funds in coal mining and other fossil-fuel companies. Student-led groups have been lobbying the university to make such a commitment for the past two years.

A number of other colleges have recently pledged to divest some or all fossil-fuel holdings from their endowments. Those institutions include the New School, Pitzer College, Stanford University, and the University of Maine. According to Th…


Grand Jury Rips Controversial U. of Texas Regent, but Does Not Indict Him

A grand jury has opted not to indict the controversial University of Texas regent Wallace L. Hall Jr., who has been criticized as leading a witch hunt against the departing president of the system’s flagship campus, William C. Powers Jr. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Travis County grand jury was charged with investigating whether Mr. Hall should be indicted for abuse of office, misuse of information, or official oppression.

While it chose not to indict the regent, the jury did condemn M…


2 Campus Police Officers Are on Leave After Harassing and Arresting Black Teenagers

Two campus police officers at a Dallas community college have been placed on leave after the disclosure of a video showing them harassing and arresting a group of black teenagers, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The video was shot last week and subsequently posted on Reddit. El Centro College’s police chief and spokeswoman did not provide comment to the newspaper. But the Dallas County Community College District’s director of media relations, Ann Hatch, said the district would investigate. “In…


Family of Pledge Who Died Sues Clemson U. and Fraternity Members

A failure to provide a breakfast of McDonald’s biscuits and hash browns for 30 fraternity brothers may have played a role in the death of a Clemson University student who was found dead in a lake after an early-morning run with other fraternity pledges, according to legal complaints filed by the student’s family, The State and other newspapers in South Carolina report.

The complaints — a wrongful-death action and a survival action filed in a state court in Pickens County, where Clemson is locate…


Former Student Is Charged in Noose Incident at U. of Mississippi

[Updated (3/30/2015, 7:55 p.m.) with a response from Mr. Harris's lawyer.]

Federal prosecutors filed civil-rights charges on Friday against a former University of Mississippi student who they say hung a noose and a Confederate flag around a campus statue of James Meredith, who became the university’s first black student, in 1962.

Graeme Phillip Harris was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students…


Oklahoma Fraternity Learned Racist Chant on Cruise Sponsored by National Group

Members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity caught on video this month singing a racist chant learned it four years ago on a cruise organized by their national organization, the college’s president, David L. Boren, said on Friday. The chant was then “institutionalized” within the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter and taught to new members as part of the pledging process, Mr. Boren said.

That was the key finding of the university’s investigation into the origins of the chant, the results of which …


Duke Investigates Reports of Racist Speech on Its Campus

Duke University is investigating a student’s recent report of racist speech on the campus, The News & Observer reports, citing a message to the campus on Thursday by the university’s president, Richard H. Brodhead.

A university spokesman, Michael Schoenfeld, told the newspaper that the student reported hearing another student in a group making racist comments on Sunday morning on Duke’s East Campus.

A group calling itself the Duke People of Color Caucus provided what it said were further details…


Was Whistle-Blower in Oregon Therapy-Records Case Fired? She Says Yes, University Says No

The University of Oregon says it did not fire an employee of the campus counseling center who criticized the institution for obtaining a student’s therapy records as part of its legal defense against her charge that she was raped by three basketball players.

The Register-Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Ore., reported that Karen Stokes, executive assistant to the director of the counseling center, sent an email on Thursday to co-workers saying that her “employment is being terminated at the end …


N.C. State Fraternity Behind Vulgar ‘Pledge Book’ Is Disbanded

The North Carolina State University fraternity chapter that produced a vulgar “pledge book” has been disbanded, and the college’s chancellor has called for a full review of its Greek system, WRAL-TV reports. The national Pi Kappa Phi organization has also revoked the chapter’s charter.

“I hope today’s action makes it clear that there is no place for intolerance, sexism, and racism at N.C. State,” said the chancellor, Randy Woodson, in a written statement on Wednesday. He said the review of the G…