Category Archives: Students

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U.S. Publishes Details on Religious Colleges Seeking Title IX Waivers

The U.S. Department of Education published on Friday new documents that identify religious colleges that have sought and received exemptions from the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

Such waivers allow the colleges to receive federal funding without violating their religious beliefs. But the exemptions are controversial: Last year the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, published a report stating that a growing number of instit…


College Chief Apologizes After Controversy Over Student’s Research Poster

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s president has apologized for the decision to move an undergraduate’s research poster, which featured a large image of the female reproductive anatomy, during an annual symposium.

The controversy arose during an event known as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, a showcase for student-led research projects. Near the entrance to the event was a student’s poster portraying “an artistic rendering of the female anatomy,” said Lisa Akc…


U. of New Hampshire Concedes It Shouldn’t Have Bought $17,000 Table

Its flashing LED-light display may make it look like a dance floor, but the University of New Hampshire’s flashy dining table is for culinary purposes only.

Still, that hasn’t stopped critics from walking all over the university’s $17,570 table, which it bought so dining-hall workers could showcase healthy cooking tips to students, The Boston Globe reported on Friday. It turns out that diners weren’t paying as much attention to the slicing and dicing as they were to the table itself.

Its price t…


U. of Louisville Will Remove Monument to Confederate Soldiers

A 121-year-old Confederate monument at the University of Louisville will be removed, its president, James R. Ramsey, and the Kentucky city’s mayor, Gregory E. Fischer, announced at a news conference on Friday morning, according to the Courier-Journal.

On Twitter, Mr. Ramsey said the removal of the statue was one of the recommendations of the university’s diversity committee.


Yale Keeps Name for College That Honors a Slavery Apologist

[Last updated (4/27/2016, 10:19 p.m.) with comments from Peter Salovey, Yale's president.]

Yale University will retain the name of an undergraduate college that honors John C. Calhoun, an alumnus who served as a U.S. senator and vice president during the 19th century and was a vocal supporter of slavery.

Yale announced its decision and a series of other moves in a news release on Wednesday evening. The university added that it would drop the title of “master” to refer to the leader of each r…


Who’s Going to Be Punished for the Worst Academic Scandal Anyone Can Remember?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s fake-classes scandal is one of the worst athletic-impropriety-meets-academic-fraud dramas that anybody can remember. Following the release in 2014 of an expansive and damning report by a former federal prosecutor, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Chapel Hill watchers were quick to ask: What’s the NCAA going to do about it?

They got their first major signal on Monday, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association released its amended Notice of Allegation…


Coast Guard Cadets Are Punished After Cheating Probe

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in Connecticut, is recommending expulsion for three cadets and academic punishment for 37 cadets found guilty of cheating on online quizzes, NBC Connecticut reported on Tuesday.

The cadets faced honor-code violations for working together on online quizzes in a “Ships and Maritime” class during the fall-2015 semester, according to the Associated Press.

While most of the 37 students were put on academic probation and others were given failing grades and told to repeat…


Common Application to Change Gender-Identity Options

[Updated (4/26/2016, 12:01 a.m.) with news of the Universal College Application.]

Starting this summer, students who use the Common Application will be asked to state their “sex assigned at birth.” There also will be an optional free-response text field in which applicants may describe their gender identity.

Those changes, announced on Monday by the Common Application’s leadership, follow calls from students and advocates to change how the standardized application form asks about gender. Curre…


Southern Illinois U. Chancellor Threatens Legal Action Over Racist Video

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale’s chancellor warned of legal action on Sunday against the anonymous creators of a video that threatens to beat and lynch black students, according to a university statement.

In the YouTube video, an unidentified speaker attributes the message to the campus’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, but the chapter denied any involvement in it, according to the Daily Egyptian, a student newspaper.

The interim chancellor, William B. Colwell, urged students not to watc…


Justice Dept. Slams U. of New Mexico Over Sexual-Assault Policies

The U.S. Department of Justice has found that the University of New Mexico violates federal law in how it responds to reports of sexual harassment and assault, the department said on Friday in a news release. According to the department, an investigation of the campus found, among other things, that:

  • Students, faculty members, and staff members do not know their options for reporting sexual misconduct.
  • The university’s procedures for handling allegations of sexual misconduct are “confusing, dis…