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Minnesota State Officials Shelve Controversial Rule to Examine Employee Cellphones

Administrators in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have shelved a controversial rule that let university officials examine employees’ personal cellphones, the Star Tribune reported on Monday.

The rule, which took effect on April 1, would have allowed administrators to look over employees’ private phones, computers, and other mobile devices they use for work. The rule has drawn resistance from state lawmakers and university employees alike.

The system decided to put a hold on …


U. of Iowa Changes Name of Student Portal to Avoid Terrorists’ Acronym

The University of Iowa has renamed its portal for student information and records to avoid the acronym ISIS, the university said in a news release.

The new website, MyUI, allows students to see their grades and degree audits, pay bills, and check course schedules.

In March 2015, Iowa’s chief information officer said the university had no plans to change the student portal’s name. Now Iowa joins Kansas State, the University of Florida, and Tufts University in avoiding the terrorist acronym. The p…


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…


Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Google Books Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge by the Authors Guild, which argued that the Google Books project to scan about 20 million books for an online library violated copyright law, Reuters reported on Monday.

The Authors Guild began its legal battle with Google Books in 2005, saying the online service violated copyright law because Google profited while authors went without pay.

In October 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Google’s program was pr…


UC-Davis Paid $175,000 to Clean Up Its Image After Pepper-Spray Incident

The University of California at Davis waged an aggressive campaign to improve its image on the Internet after video of a campus police officer calmly misting student protesters with pepper spray went viral five years ago.

In response to requests that The Sacramento Bee filed last month under the California Public Records Act, the university released documents showing that it had paid consultants at least $175,000 to scrub negative postings from the Internet about the incident. As part of the dig…


Students Were Mad Their College Banned Yik Yak. So They Went on Yik Yak.

A campuswide ban on the social-media app Yik Yak isn’t stopping students at Illinois College from using it.

Responding to student requests, the college’s president, Barbara Farley, last month blocked Yik Yak access on the campus wireless network. Racist items on the app, which allows users to post anonymously, have prompted students across the country to make similar requests.

In an email to the campus quoted by The Journal-Courier, Ms. Farley said that certain posts “do not meet” the college’s …


Harvard Team Is Disqualified for Cheating in College Video-Game Competition

A team representing Harvard University has been disqualified from an intercollegiate video-game tournament for cheating, ESPN reported. The winners of the competition, called “Heroes of the Dorm,” receive tuition money for their college careers, according to the event’s website.

A notice from tournament operators said that a competitor on Team Ambush, representing Harvard, had been caught sharing online-account information with a higher-rated player who was not on the team’s roster during offi…


Anti-Semitic Fliers Appear at Colleges in Printer Hack by Neo-Nazi Group

Several colleges fell victim last week to a hack by a neo-Nazi group that resulted in network-connected campus printers’ spitting out fliers featuring anti-Semitic messages, according to the Associated Press and other news outlets.

Princeton, Brown, and DePaul University, as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Southern California were among the colleges that saw the fliers appear on their campuses.

The Anti-Defamation L…


Here Are 15 Indispensable Academic Twitter Accounts

Twitter. It’s great for yelling at airlines, executing flawless DM slides, and keeping tabs on the Republican presidential debates after promising yourself you wouldn’t turn on the TV. But can it be used for good?

It depends on whom you follow. On the occasion of Twitter’s 10th birthday, I asked others here at The Chronicle as well as my Twitter followers to name that one tweeter in academe whom they just can’t live without. Here’s a selection of their responses, listed in no particular order:



Tech Company Will Pay $750 Million to End Patent Fight With Carnegie Mellon

The Marvell Technology Group and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. will pay $750 million to end a long-running patent dispute with Carnegie Mellon University, the university announced on Wednesday. Carnegie Mellon sued in 2009, alleging that the company had infringed a pair of university patents based on the work of a professor and a former student.

In 2012 a federal jury awarded the university more than $1 billion in damages, but the case has been through several rounds of appeals since then.

Subra Su…