Category Archives: Students

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Education Dept. Issues New Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

The U.S. Department of Education has released new guidance reminding colleges that they must designate Title IX coordinators. In the new documents, the department’s Office for Civil Rights describes colleges’ responsibilities under the anti-discrimination law and the role of the coordinator in depth.

The position of Title IX coordinator has proliferated on campuses since 2011, when the department said it would more strictly enforce the law, which requires that students’ reports of sexual assault…


U. of Md. Student Group Shelves Showings of ‘American Sniper’ After Complaints

A student group at the University of Maryland at College Park has pulled the film American Sniper from its spring lineup after a Muslim-student group complained that the movie glorifies violence and promotes negative stereotypes about Muslims, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The first student group, Student Entertainment Events, said on its website that it had decided to “postpone” showings on May 6 and 7 “after meeting with concerned student organizations.”

The group said it was exploring ways of “…


2 Colleges Probe Reports That Fraternity Members Spit on Wounded Veterans

[Updated (4/23/2015, 5:02 p.m.) with a statement from Emory University.]

[Updated (4/23/2015, 4:15 p.m.) with a statement from the national Zeta Beta Tau organization, and mention of the Emory University chapter, which was also at the formal.]

The University of Florida is investigating reports that members of a fraternity chapter spit on wounded veterans and stole American flags from them, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter from the University of Florida…


First Takes: Will Arizona State and edX’s Freshman-Year Project Live Up to the Hype?

Will the partnership between edX and Arizona State University to “reimagine” the freshman year live up to the hype?

That’s the question being passed around in higher-ed circles on Thursday morning. Under the plan, Arizona State will offer its freshman-year general-education requirements in MOOC form. Students who complete the courses and want to use them as college credit can do so at a price of $200 per credit.

It’s novel, and at first blush it may seem like a promising option for low-income st…


Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All

Arizona State University is joining with the MOOC provider edX in a project that it says “reimagines the freshman year” and opens a new low-cost, low-risk path to a college degree for students anywhere in the world.

The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed to fulfill the general-education requirements of a freshman year at Arizona State at a fraction of the cost students typically pay, and students can begin taking courses without going through …


Brown Gave Special Admissions Treatment to Donor’s Daughter, Hacked Emails Show

[Updated (4/22/2015, 3:36 p.m.) with a response from Brown.]

Amid the ill-gotten bounty of the Sony email hacks is a mesmerizing chain of messages that shows just how cushy the college-admissions process can be if you’re rich.

The emails, dug up by Gawker, lift the curtain on how Brown University treated the daughter of a Sony executive who made a $1-million donation in the form of an endowed scholarship. Among other things, the emails suggest, the donation and Michael Lynton’s professional conn…


Democratic Lawmakers Push Idea of ‘Debt-Free College’

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced resolutions to “ensure that students have access to debt-free higher education.” The Washington Post reports the push comes amid a broader effort by the Democratic Party to promote college affordability as a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign — and to push the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, to propose a national plan for debt-free college.

The coalition advancing the resolutions includes six s…


U. of Missouri Chancellor Is Criticized as Slow to Respond to Anti-Semitic Graffiti

Sixteen national organizations wrote to the chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia, R. Bowen Loftin, on Thursday to express their concern about the safety of the institution’s Jewish students after anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on the campus last week. The Missourian reports the groups also took aim at Mr. Loftin for not responding to the graffiti until several days after its appearance, “causing some Jewish students to feel marginalized and ignored.”

On April 9, a swastika, an Il…


In Early Iowa Campaign, Hillary Clinton Highlights College Affordability

Fresh off the announcement that she would run for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton visited a community college on Tuesday as part of her days-old campaign in Iowa. Here’s some of what she said about higher education in a roundtable discussion held at Kirkwood Community College:


Western Kentucky U. Swimming Team Is Suspended for 5 Years Over Hazing

The swimming and diving program at Western Kentucky University has been suspended for five years after an investigation into drug use, hazing, and sexual assault, The Courier-Journal reports. The head coach, associate head coach, and head diving coach will be fired.

In a news release on Tuesday, the university said an investigation by its Title IX coordinator, Huda Melky, had revealed violations of its student code, its discrimination policy, and its sexual-misconduct policy. “We have high stand…