UMass Will Review Informant Program After Student’s Death

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst will review its use of students as confidential informants after an article, published on Sunday by The Boston Globe, revealed that one of the informants, who used heroin, overdosed less than a year after he began working with the campus police. Specifically, the university will consider requiring informants in drug cases to seek help for their addiction.

Sunday’s article chronicled the case of a 20-year-old student whom campus police officers had caugh…


Records Reveal Details of Changed Sexual-Assault Policy at U. of Illinois

More than a year ago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign paid a former student $77,000 to settle a lawsuit in which she argued that the university had inadequately responded to her claim that she was sexually assaulted. Records obtained by the Chicago Tribune show that the university admitted no wrongdoing but has agreed to better train its staff and reform its disciplinary procedures for cases of sexual assault.

The student said she was assaulted at a fraternity house in the spring of 2011. The police investigation went virtually nowhere, but she also requested a hearing as part of the campus’s internal disciplinary process. In a complaint she later filed with the U.S. Education Department, the woman said the university, in dealing with her complaint, had failed to meet several guidelines set forth by the department in 2011.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign paid more than $77,000 to a student who accused campus officials of minimizing her sexual assault and harassment complaints even after photographs and a video of the incident were passed around a fraternity house, according to a settlement agreement obtained by the Tribune.

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Lehigh U. Reaches Pact With U.S. to Resolve Racial-Bias Complaint

Lehigh University has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to resolve a graduate’s complaint alleging that the university mishandled race-related incidents, The Morning Call reported.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights had been investigating a complaint of a racially hostile environment on the campus. The complaint was filed by a 1977 Lehigh graduate who asserted that the university had failed to report an incident of racially charged vandalism at Lehigh’s multicult…


U. of Arizona Reprimands Professor in Wake of Plagiarism Inquiry

The University of Arizona has reprimanded a professor after an investigation into allegations that she plagiarized the work of a former student, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The student accused Susannah Dickinson, an assistant professor in Arizona’s School of Architecture, of lifting material from his master’s thesis and presenting it as her own work. Ms. Dickinson was the faculty adviser for the student’s thesis.

A university committee reviewed three allegations of plagiarism. Andrew C. Com…


Group Sues Mass. Attorney General Over New Rules on For-Profit Colleges

A group that represents for-profit colleges in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the state’s attorney general of imposing unlawful and unduly burdensome regulations on the colleges, the Boston Herald reports.

The attorney general, Martha Coakley, announced the regulations in June. In a news release issued at the time, her office said its investigations had shown that stronger standards and consumer protections were needed. The regulations require all for-profit and occupational …


Crash Kills 4 Members of North Central Texas College Softball Team

[Updated, 9/28/2014, 9 p.m.]

Four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team were killed on Friday night when a tractor-trailer crossed the median and crashed into their bus on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma, according to reports by The Dallas Morning News and The Oklahoman.

The crash also injured a dozen other people on the bus, which was carrying the team home from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Okla.

The Oklahoma State Highway Patrol identified…


Ousted Band Director Sues Ohio State U. Over Firing

The former marching-band director at Ohio State University has sued the institution for firing him after an investigation found a “sexualized culture” in the band, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The lawsuit asserts that the university violated Jonathan Waters’s due-process rights when it fired him, in July. It also says Mr. Waters was discriminated against because of his gender. Mr. Waters is seeking his job back and at least $1-million.

Alumni of the band have decried Mr. Waters’s firing, even …


NIH Prodding Makes Data Sharing More Common, Survey Finds

Report: “Codifying Collegiality: Recent Developments in Data Sharing Policy in the Life Sciences”

Authors: Genevieve Pham-Kanter, Darren E. Zinner, and Eric G. Campbell

Journal: PLoS ONE

Summary: The paper, based on a study conducted by researchers at Drexel, Brandeis, and Harvard Universities, represents an attempt to measure the effectiveness of policies instituted by funding agencies and journals to encourage the wider sharing of data by scientists.

The study consisted of a survey that was se…


Colgate Students End 100-Hour Sit-In After Agreement With Administration

After 100 hours, students at Colgate University have ended their sit-in at the New York college’s admissions office, saying they and the administration had agreed on a plan to combat intolerance on the campus, according to a news release on the university’s website.

The overarching student group, the Asso…


Creighton U. Pulls TV Ads, Citing Bad Student Reviews

Creighton University has withdrawn a series of television advertisements after a backlash from students and alumni. The ads feature actors playing the roles of real students who explain why they decided to attend the Jesuit institution in Nebraska. One of the “students,” a golfer, says something to the effect of “Why Creighton? Because someday I’ll be your boss,” reported KETV, an ABC affiliate in Omaha. The university cited students’ criticism in the decision to pull the ads.

Changes are on the way for how Creighton University recruits new students after campaign fails with current students and alumni. The pushback was so strong that the university’s marketing director decided Thursday to pull ads from TV slots. “I immediately was not a big fan,” said Creighton University alumnus Matt Novotny.

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