Adams State U. Settles Lawsuit With Professor Who Was Banned From Campus

Adams State University, in Alamosa, Colo., will lift a campus ban on Danny Ledonne, a former mass-communications professor, and pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit brought on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Denver Post reported on Monday.

After the university did not renew his contract, in 2015, Mr. Ledonne created a website on which he accused Adams State of violating Colorado law by making untimely payments to adjunct faculty members. Subsequently, Beverlee McClure, presiden…


Former U. of Alaska Student Acquitted of Rape Says University Is Withholding His Degree

A former hockey player at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks who was acquitted of rape says the university system is unreasonably withholding his bachelor’s degree, the Alaska Dispatch News reported on Monday.

The former student, Nolan Youngmun, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the university system, seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

A fellow Fairbanks student accused Mr. Youngmun of rape in April 2015. He was arrested and banned from the campus, and the university began an investig…


Small College to Close After Accreditor’s Recognition Is Thrown Into Doubt

Cambria-Rowe Business College will close on August 24, after its controversial accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, had its federal recognition thrown into doubt, WJAC-TV reports.

The small Pennsylvania college was one of more than 900 institutions to face the loss of accreditation after a federal advisory panel last month recommended that the council cease operations. The council, known as Acics, accredits primarily for-profit colleges, and many of them were…


Seattle U.’s Humanities Dean, the Subject of Student Protests, Retires

The dean of Seattle University’s humanities college, who had been placed on administrative leave this summer in the wake of student protests, has retired, The Seattle Times reports.

During a 22-day sit-in, in May, students called for Jodi O. Kelly, dean of the university’s Matteo Ricci College, to resign. They also demanded changes in the humanities college’s curriculum, which they described in a petition as “Eurocentric and Classical in nature,” “damaging,” and “stifling.” The university respon…


NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is conducting a survey about discrimination in cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so, USA Today reported on Friday.

The questionnaire is being distributed to the cities’ organizing groups after the National Basketball Association said it would relocate its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., to another city because of the controversial bathroom bill that was enacted in North Carolina this past spring. The new la…


Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the…


U. of Michigan Board Chair Withdraws $3-Million Gift Over Naming Concerns

The University of Michigan’s board chairman has withdrawn a $3-million pledge to fund the construction of a new building over concerns that it would not keep the name of the building it is replacing, the only structure on the Ann Arbor campus that’s named for an African-American, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Mark Bernstein, the chairman, and his wife, Rachel Bendit, announced in April that they would help finance the $10-million building, which is slated to open in 2018. The building would …


HBCU Presidents to Hold Symposium on Gun Violence

The presidents of 34 historically black colleges and universities pledged on Wednesday to organize what they called a first-of-its-kind symposium on gun violence, after the “debilitating impact” of a series of incidents that they said had “shaken our nation to its core and caused many people to question our country’s direction.”

In a letter announcing plans for an “HBCU National Symposium on Gun Violence,” the presidents invited all Americans to join them in helping the United States to become …


Education Dept. Plans to Improve Customer Service for Student-Loan Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has adopted a new set of policies to improve student-loan servicing, the agency said in a news release on Wednesday.

In a memorandum, the department said it would work with the Treasury Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve student-loan servicing systems to protect borrowers and help them avoid defaulting on loans. The memo highlighted five specific changes.

Among the most notable, the department will create economic incentives to bet…


N.C. State Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit by Revising Disputed Policy

A Christian student group has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina State University administrators violated the group’s free-speech rights after the university revised a disputed policy, The News & Observer reported.

Under the policy, the Christian group was required to obtain a permit to speak or distribute its literature on the campus.

A federal judge last month ordered the university to temporarily cease enforcing its policy while the lawsuit by the student group, Grace Christian …