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Wellesley College Removes 2 Hillel Staff Members, Angering Students

Wellesley College has eliminated the part-time positions of Jewish chaplain and director of the Hillel student group, angering members of the group, who said they had been blindsided by the moves, The Boston Globe reports.

The college said that the dismissals had been part of a restructuring and that it planned to hire a full-time rabbi to “anchor Jewish life on campus.” In a statement issued on Friday, the college said: “Having one staff member will provide a consistent presence on campus to whom students can turn when they are seeking guidance.”

But some members of the group said they had suddenly been left without the support system they have come to rely on amid a period of unease on the campus. The campus group Wellesley Students for Justice in Palestine has organized a protest campaign in which it has posted photographs of Palestinian children who were killed in the continuing conflict with Israel.


Wellesley College has abruptly removed its Hillel director and Jewish chaplain as part of a restructuring, angering Jewish students who say they feel abandoned by the administration amid tension with a campus Palestinian group. The college eliminated the two part-time lay positions last week, leaving the Jewish campus group with only a part-time director for the remainder of the school year.

Read more at: www.bostonglobe.com

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Review of Campus Judicial Systems Finds Light Sanctions for Serious Offenses

The Columbus Dispatch and the Student Press Law Center investigated campus judicial systems at colleges across the country and found that most operate in secret and that they often impose light sanctions for serious infractions, including sexual assaults, physical assaults resulting in injuries, robberies, and other violent crimes. What’s more, many of the institutions fail to comply with state and federal crime-reporting laws, the investigation found. The authors of a report on the investigation, published in the Dispatch on Sunday, say that both victims and students accused of violations think the system is unfair and broken.


Colleges across the country use campus disciplinary boards to pass judgment on students accused of violent crimes, including rape and assault. Sometimes, schools handle crime and punishment without ever reporting violations to police. Most cases never go to court.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2015

Thirty-two American students have been chosen as winners of Rhodes scholarships for 2015, the Rhodes Trust announced on Saturday. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

The American scholars-elect were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 21 colleges and universities. They will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other juris…

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Accrediting Agency Raises Questions About Chapel Hill’s Compliance

The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is questioning the university’s compliance with many of its standards in light of a recent report about widespread academic fraud at the institution.

The accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, sent a letter to the university this month calling on the institution to respond to concerns that it isn’t meeting 18 different standards, on issues including integrity and adm…

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UVa Temporarily Suspends Fraternities in Response to Rape Allegations

The president of the University of Virginia on Saturday suspended all fraternal organizations until early January, the latest in the institution’s response to a Rolling Stone article alleging a “cycle of sexual violence and institutional indifference” at the elite public college.

The magazine article, which was published on Wednesday, describes a gang rape of a first-year student in a UVa fraternity house in 2012. Earlier this week the university commissioned an investigation of the incident an…

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U. of Colorado Will Pay Philosophy Professor $185,000 to Resign

The University of Colorado at Boulder is paying an associate professor of philosophy roughly $185,000 to resign after he was investigated for potentially violating the college’s policy regarding relationships with students, the Daily Camera reports. Bradley Monton will receive $120,000 in addition to the rest of his yearly salary in exchange for his resignation, according to a settlement agreement with the university, in which both parties denied fault or liability.

Mr. Monton has been a vocal c…

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UVa’s First Pick to Lead Rape Inquiry Is Alumnus of Fraternity in Question

After an article in Rolling Stone described the case of a student who was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house, the university on Thursday commissioned an investigation led by a former U.S. deputy attorney general. There was one problem, however: The choice, Mark Filip, was once a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity where the assault is alleged to have happened.

The state’s attorney general, Mark R. Herring, said on Friday that Mr. Filip would not be leading the investigat…

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Syracuse U. Protesters End Sit-In and Move Into ‘Phase 2′

Students at Syracuse University who had been staging a protest at the university’s administration building for the past 18 days ended their occupation on Thursday, The Post-Standard reported.

A student coalition called THE General Body was protesting against what its supporters called a lack of transparency and inclusiveness at the institution. Ben Kuebrich, a graduate student and organizer of the student coalition, told the newspaper that the group had decided “that maintaining the space isn’t …

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U. of Calif. Regents Approve Tuition Increase Over Governor’s Opposition

The University of California system’s Board of Regents voted on Thursday to approve a plan that could raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports. The approval clears the way for negotiations to determine the exact amount of the increase.

The system’s president, Janet Napolitano, has argued that the plan is necessary to make up for lower-than-expected state funds. Gov. Jerry Brown, who voted against the plan, said the system should instead study its costs and consolidate duplicative degree programs, among other steps.

Students turned out to protest at the regents’ meeting, but not in the numbers they showed on Wednesday, when a committee of the board met to consider the tuition plan.


Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years. As about 25 students in the meeting room yelled “Hey, hey, ho, ho, tuition hikes have got to go,” the actual voice vote of the regents could not be heard by the public.

Read more at: www.latimes.com

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U. of Oregon Draws Criticism for Response to Threatened TA Strike

The University of Oregon’s Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to rebuke the institution’s administration for planning for a threatened strike by graduate teaching assistants in a manner that bypasses the faculty and stands to bring about “the dilution and degradation of teaching standards.”

The Senate, which includes representatives of the faculty, student body, administration, and staff, adopted the motion in response to a confidential memorandum that Oregon’s top academic and human-reso…