George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School

George Mason University’s Faculty Senate voted on Wednesday to condemn the renaming of the university’s law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. BuzzFeed News reported that the body had voted 21 to 13 to call for the renaming process to be reopened. The vote is only symbolic.

At the meeting, BuzzFeed reported, faculty members slammed the university not only for its choice of name, but also for accepting, in exchange for the Scalia renaming, $30 million from the c…


UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

[Last updated (4/28/2016, 9:40 a.m.) with a statement from the office of president of the University of California system.]

The chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda P.B. Katehi, was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday night, pending an investigation of information that “raises serious questions” about whether she may have violated university policies, according to a statement from the office of the president of the University of California system.

The system’s pre…


Maine’s Governor Calls Protesting Students ‘Idiots’ and Storms Off Stage

[Updated (4/27/2016, 4:44 p.m.) with Mr. LePage's apology and a video of the incident.]

Gov. Paul R. LePage of Maine stormed off the stage in the middle of a speech on Tuesday after seeing two students holding up signs that criticized him during a dedication ceremony at the University of Maine at Farmington, reports the Portland Press Herald.

The Republican governor, who has drawn criticism from academic leaders during his term, was the featured speaker at the dedication of an education center …


Justice Dept. Changes Counterespionage Tactics After Wrongful Arrest of Temple U. Professor

The U.S. Justice Department has announced a new national-security protocol meant to prevent cases like those that have misidentified Chinese-Americans as spies, The New York Times reports.

Last September the department dropped such charges against Xi Xiaoxing, a Temple University physicist who was accused in May 2015 of selling secrets to his native China.

Mr. Xi was at least the fifth Chinese-American arrested and wrongfully suspected of economic espionage in a little more than a year.

Now, acc…


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…


Who’s Going to Be Punished for the Worst Academic Scandal Anyone Can Remember?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s fake-classes scandal is one of the worst athletic-impropriety-meets-academic-fraud dramas that anybody can remember. Following the release in 2014 of an expansive and damning report by a former federal prosecutor, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Chapel Hill watchers were quick to ask: What’s the NCAA going to do about it?

They got their first major signal on Monday, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association released its amended Notice of Allegation…


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…


Law Dean Accused of Harassment Says Berkeley Violated His Rights

A month after the dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law stepped down following a sexual-harassment lawsuit, the tenured professor has accused the university of violating his due-process rights, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Sujit Choudhry resigned last month, two days after a former assistant filed a suit accusing him of repeatedly sexually harassing her. In July 2015 a university investigation found Mr. Choudhry had sexually harassed the woman, and punished him …


Common Application to Change Gender-Identity Options

[Updated (4/26/2016, 12:01 a.m.) with news of the Universal College Application.]

Starting this summer, students who use the Common Application will be asked to state their “sex assigned at birth.” There also will be an optional free-response text field in which applicants may describe their gender identity.

Those changes, announced on Monday by the Common Application’s leadership, follow calls from students and advocates to change how the standardized application form asks about gender. Curre…