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Fraternity Plans Legal Action Against ‘Rolling Stone’ Over Rape Account

The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity says it “plans to pursue all available legal action” against Rolling Stone magazine over its discredited account of a gang rape at the chapter’s house, The Washington Post reports.

“Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed,” said chapter president Stephen Scipione, in a news release on Monday, “but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their …

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Ex-Student Charged in Fraternity Stunt That Left 2 Flamingos Dead

A county grand jury on Friday indicted a former student at the University of Southern Mississippi for his role in a 2014 fraternity scavenger hunt that resulted in the deaths of two Chilean flamingos at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Hattiesburg American reports.

Devin Nottis was charged in October with grand larceny, trespassing, and two counts of animal cruelty. The indictment announced on Friday said Mr. Nottis had conspired with others in the incident, which led the university to indefinitely susp…

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Audit Finds Education Dept. Lacks Plan to Fight Student-Loan Defaults

The Education Department “does not have a comprehensive plan or strategy to prevent student-loan defaults,” an audit conducted by the department’s Office of Inspector General has concluded.

A report on the audit’s findings, released on Friday, argues that the department’s lack of a coherent strategy renders it ill equipped to find effective measures against default, identify risks that cause loan delinquency, and work effectively with companies that service student loans on the department’s beha…

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Hocking College’s President, a Victor in 2011 Battle With Trustees, Retires

Ron J. Erickson, whose five years as president of Hocking College were marked by an unusual dispute with the Ohio institution’s Board of Trustees—in which he was fired and then reinstated—resigned on Thursday, according to the Athens Messenger.

After a two-hour meeting, the board announced that Mr. Erickson would become special assistant to the board chair for special projects, and that the two-year college would hold a reception on Friday “to see him off.”

Such a warm farewell seemed unlikely b…

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Who’s Looking for College-Educated Workers?

Report: “The Online College Labor Market”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera, Dmitri Repnikov

Organization: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: The paper uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to analyze the demand for college-educated workers in different occupations and industries.

Findings:

  • More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree are posted online, while less than half of advertisements for workers …
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Provost’s Resignation at Our Lady of Holy Cross College Spurs Dispute

The circumstances of a popular administrator’s resignation from Our Lady of Holy Cross College have led to a call for her reinstatement, reports The Times-Picayune.

Patricia Prechter, who served as both chief academic officer and chair of the nursing school at the New Orleans college, had told the president, Ronald Ambrosetti, via email of her intention to resign from the former position so she could focus on the latter. Mr. Ambrosetti wrote back that she could resign from both positions or nei…

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National Hispanic U. Reportedly Will Close by Summer of 2015

National Hispanic University, which stopped enrolling new students in January, expects to close as a four-year college by the summer of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported, citing a statement by the institution’s corporate owner, Laureate Education Inc.

The company bought National Hispanic in 2010 and planned to significantly increase its enrollment by adding 8,000 students online and starting new degree programs. But those efforts never took off, and Laureate officials have said rules rest…

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Scholars Join New Academic Council of Group That Opposes Boycotts

More than 50 scholars at colleges and universities across North America have joined an initiative that opposes actions like the American Studies Association’s recent vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions, as well as efforts to punish scholars who support such actions.

The scholars, who will serve as the Academic Advisory Council of a group called the Third Narrative, say academics should play a positive role in promoting critical thinking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “To ac…

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Iowa State U. AIDS Researcher Resigned After Admitting Fraud

Iowa State University has acknowledged that an assistant professor of biomedical sciences resigned in October after admitting responsibility for fraudulent findings in research aimed at creating an AIDS vaccine, the Des Moines Register reported. The discrepancy was discovered when other researchers were unable to replicate results that an Iowa State team had presented at a number of conferences, and that had helped the university attract millions of dollars of grants from the National Institutes…

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Westfield State U.’s Top Finance Officer Resigns Abruptly

Milton Santiago, vice president for administration and finance at Westfield State University, resigned on Thursday after less than a year on the job.

Mr. Santiago gave no reason for his decision, but the move came only a month after the Massachusetts institution’s president, Evan S. Dobelle, resigned after being accused of excessive spending of university funds on limousine rides, hotel stays, and designer clothing.

John F. Flynn III, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, told the Dail…