Ohio Court Says Private-College Police Forces Are Subject to Open-Records Law

A sharply divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that private-college police departments are subject to the state’s open-records law, the Associated Press reported.

In a 4-to-3 decision concerning an Otterbein University student journalist’s pursuit of campus-police records, the court said that a private entity could be considered a public office when it performs a governmental function.

“Here, the mere fact that Otterbein is a private institution does not preclude its police department fr…


Head of Marquette Center That Hosted Mural of Murderer Is Out of a Job

The director of the Marquette University center that hosted a mural of a convicted murderer and fugitive is no longer employed by the university, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Marquette painted over the mural, which portrayed Joanne Chesimard and was on display in its Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, after criticism erupted online this month.

The university said in a statement to Marquette Wire that Susannah Bartlow, director of the center, was no longer a university employee. Her biography no longer appears on the center’s staff page.

Ms. Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 but escaped from prison and now lives in Cuba.

The director of Marquette University’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is no longer employed by the university, the Marquette Wire is reporting. The move comes after the university quickly removed a mural on campus that had generated outcry over the weekend because of its subject: a woman on the FBI’s most wanted list who was convicted in a New Jersey state trooper’s 1973 murder, escaped prison and fled to Cuba.

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Co-Author Asks for Retraction of Much-Cited Gay-Marriage Study

[Updated (5/20/2015, 2:58 p.m.) with a statement from the journal Science.]

The data underlying a popular study that ostensibly showed that short conversations could change opinions on same-sex marriage may have been faked, the blog Retraction Watch reports. A co-author of a paper describing the study, “When Contact Changes Minds: An Experiment on Transmission of Support for Gay Equality,” has asked that the journal Science retract it.

An attempt to replicate the study turned up irregularities, …


Would-Be U. of Southern Maine Chief Backs Out of Post Over Casino Dispute

The man slated to become the next president of the University of Southern Maine has backed out of the post, saying he must stay on as acting president of Stockton University to deal with a controversy there, The Bangor Daily News reports.

Harvey Kesselman, who was tapped in March to lead the Portland campus, said in a written statement that “the tremendous sense of obligation I have to Stockton University” had prompted him to reconsider taking the new job. The New Jersey university’s plan to tur…


Yale’s Former President Got $8.5-Million Bonus on His Way Out

Yale University gave its departing president, Richard C. Levin, an $8.5-million bonus after he left the job, at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, The Wall Street Journal reports. The bonus was noted in Yale’s most recent federal tax return, which was filed on Friday.

Mr. Levin, who was Yale’s president for 20 years, declined through a university spokesman to comment to the newspaper. Now chief executive of Coursera, he earned nearly $1.4 million in total compensation from Yale in the 2012 calendar year, according to a Chronicle analysis.

Unprecedented payment highlights the increasingly lucrative compensation packages for heads of top universities Yale University made a special $8.5 million payment to former president Richard C. Levin, an unprecedented lump-sum payout highlighting the increasingly lucrative compensation for leaders at the nation’s top universities.

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Will Go Fully Coeducational

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a women’s institution in Indiana, announced on Tuesday that it would admit men to its undergraduate program for the first time, the Associated Press reported.

The Roman Catholic college already enrolls men in its online and graduate programs. The college said its board voted this month to go fully coeducational. It will begin accepting applications from men as commuter students immediately, for admission in the fall of 2015. The college said it expected to enroll…


U. of Kentucky Overhauls Body-Donation Program After Audit Finds Problems

The University of Kentucky on Tuesday said it was overhauling a program for handling bodies donated to science after an audit found problems with the program’s administration, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The newspaper published an article in January describing significant backlogs that were preventing the remains of people who had donated their bodies from being buried.

“I want to apologize on behalf of the entire UK community for the failings we have uncovered in this important progra…


U. of Virginia President, Who Beat Back Coup in 2012, Has Contract Extended

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has extended the contract of Teresa A. Sullivan, the president who beat back board members’ effort to oust her in 2012, The Daily Progress reports.

According to the terms of the extension, Ms. Sullivan can be removed from the post no earlier than October 31, 2017. If she is still in office then, her contract may be extended through 2019. She will also receive a $15,000 raise for the coming fiscal year, and $25,000 the next year. Ms. Sullivan’s curre…


U.S. Senator’s Bill Would Make Public 4-Year Colleges Free for All

Bernard Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and long-shot candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make attending all four-year public colleges free. The College for All Act, the cost of which would be split between the federal government and the states, has virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill proposes a tax on transactions in the financial sector to offset its estimated $470-billi…


Columbia Student Carries Symbolic Mattress at Graduation Ceremony

Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has protested the campus administration’s decision to exonerate a peer she had accused of rape, on Tuesday walked across the stage at her graduation ceremony carrying the mattress that is part of her anti-sexual-assault art project, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Ms. Sulkowicz has gained widespread attention for the art project, in which she vowed to carry the mattress as long as she and the student she accused attended the same institution….