Category Archives: Technology

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U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

The University of Iowa is looking into whether students in online courses cheated by having other people take examinations for them, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

At least 30 potential cases of academic misconduct were being reviewed, according to the AP. If students are found to have been involved in cheating, they would face disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.

The company that Iowa retains to verify online courses, ProctorU, found possible inconsistencies in stu…


2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements

Two for-profit universities owned by the Apollo Education Group will stop including mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements, the company announced on Thursday.

Students at the University of Phoenix and Western International University will not have arbitration clauses in their enrollment agreements as of July 1, according to a news release.

The group has come under fire for its policy that does not allow students who say they’ve been defrauded to take the colleges to cou…


Johns Hopkins Will Cease Teaching Surgery With Live Pigs

The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine announced on Wednesday that it would no longer teach surgical techniques with live pigs, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The practice, which has long drawn criticism from animal-rights advocates, has been almost entirely abandoned for computer simulations and other technology by American medical schools.

According to the Sun, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, in Chattanooga, will be the only one to still use liv…


U. of Tennessee Freshman Faces 9 Counts of Felony Theft on Campus

After discovering more than $100,000 in stolen items such as laptops, cameras, and laboratory equipment in a dormitory room over the weekend, the University of Tennessee police charged a freshman with nine counts of felony theft and five misdemeanor counts, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The student, Yibo (David) Hwang, was arrested on Friday. A graduate student reported seeing Mr. Hwang in the Science Engineering and Research Building after hours, and when she asked him if he was lost,…


Suspended Professor Sues Marquette U. for Breach of Contract

A political-science professor at Marquette University who was suspended in January is suing the institution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

In the lawsuit, John McAdams, an associate professor of political science, accuses Marquette of breach of contract, according to the newspaper. The suit, filed on behalf of Mr. McAdams by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, also asserts that the university illegally suspended him after he published a controversial blog post on free speech.


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…