Category Archives: Students

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Baylor Misconduct Policy Drops Explicit Ban on ‘Homosexual Acts’

Baylor University has dropped an explicit prohibition of “homosexual acts” from its student-misconduct policy, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports. Previously, the phrase was included in a list of behaviors that amounted to “misuses of God’s gift,” including sexual assault, incest, and fornication. The revised policy gives no examples.

“These changes were made because we didn’t believe the language reflected the university’s caring community,” a Baylor spokeswoman, Lori Fogleman, told the newspaper …


Here Are the Colleges Where Tuition Has Risen the Fastest

The U.S. Department of Education is out with its annual list of colleges whose tuition and net price have risen the fastest in recent years.

Here are the four-year public colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year public colleges where net price rose the most, as a percentage, from 2010-11 to 2012-13:

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And the four-year private colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year private college…


Student-Debt-Relief Firm Will Shut Its Doors After New York Investigation

[Updated (7/1/2015, 9:09 p.m.) with news of a lawsuit against another company supposedly helping borrowers with debts.]

A business offering student-loan “debt relief” will close its doors as part of an agreement with New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. The Times Union, a newspaper in Albany, reports that an investigation by Mr. Cuomo’s office found that Interactiv Education LLC advertised it could lower student-loan payments when, in fact, it just filled out a loan-consolidation form that is a…


Supreme Court Will Again Hear ‘Fisher’ Case on Race-Conscious Admissions

[Last updated (6/29/2015, 1:04 p.m.) with statements by Ms. Fisher and the university.]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday again agreed to hear a legal challenge to the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, setting the stage for new arguments in a closely watched case that the justices decided once before, in 2013.

The plaintiff in the case, Abigail N. Fisher, had accused the Austin campus of discriminating against her after being denied admission in 2008. She subs…


Controversial U. of Texas Regent Sues His Own Chancellor

Wallace L. Hall Jr., the controversial University of Texas regent who has mounted a one-man investigation of the Austin flagship for years, sued the system’s chancellor, William H. McRaven, on Tuesday. The Texas Tribune reports Mr. Hall is suing for access to records related to an investigation of admissions at Austin that found that the campus’s previous president, William C. Powers Jr., sometimes intervened on behalf of politically connected applicants.

Mr. Hall filed suit a week after the sta…


Student Who Hung Noose on Statue of Civil-Rights Pioneer Pleads Guilty

A former University of Mississippi student has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for placing a noose and an emblem of a Confederate flag on a statue of the college’s first black student. The Associated Press reports Graeme Phillip Harris pleaded guilty to using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees at the university, and faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

In February, vandals hung a noose and an outdated Georgia flag adorned with the Confeder…


Federal Government’s Student-Loan Watchdog Will Step Down

Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first student-loan ombudsman, will step down next week, he wrote in a letter on Wednesday.

“I am proud of the progress that we have made together to assist borrowers, promote transparency, and hold accountable those who break the law,” Mr. Chopra wrote to Jacob J. Lew, the U.S. treasury secretary. “While more work is needed to correct the serious deficiencies in the student-loan market, I have great confidence in the bureau’s ability to co…


Louisiana Legislators Cry Foul Over Student Leaders’ ‘Report Card’

Student-government leaders at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge have managed to get a rise out of some state legislators by issuing a report card on them that was not exactly lenient, The Advocate reports.

Among those who were flunked by the students was Karen Carter Peterson, a Democratic state senator. She was not happy:


Republican Budget Would Slash U.S. Education Spending by $2.8 Billion

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled on Tuesday a spending bill for the 2016 fiscal year that would slash education spending by $2.8 billion over all, while providing increases for college-preparatory programs and the National Institutes of Health.

The measure, which an appropriations panel will take up on Wednesday, would revoke a $370-million surplus in Pell Grants, setting up the program for shortfalls in the future. But it would increase the maximum award in the short te…


After Student Complains About Novels, a Fiction Course Will Get a Disclaimer

A professor at Crafton Hills College, in California, will add a disclaimer to the syllabus for a course on fiction after a student and her parents complained about what they called violent and pornographic content in some of graphic novels on the reading list.

The Redlands Daily Facts reports the community college’s president, Cheryl A. Marshall, said in an email that it was trying to “avoid this situation in the future” and that the English professor, Ryan Bartlett, had agreed to add a disclaim…