A Chinese law professor said on Tuesday that he had been fired after refusing to retract published articles that criticized the Communist Party and called for constitutional rule in China, the Associated Press reported.
Zhang Xuezhong, a law professor at East China University of Political Science and Law, in Shanghai, said he had been notified of the university’s decision on Monday and declared that he would defend himself with a lawsuit.
The decision is the latest sign of a tightening of ideolo…
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate a complaint filed against the University of Connecticut by a group of current and former students who accused the institution of failing to protect them from sexual assault.
An official with the federal office wrote this month to UConn’s president, Susan Herbst, that the decision to investigate the complaint “in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to its merits.”
Some of the women who filed the complaint against the university have also filed a federal lawsuit over UConn’s handling of sex-assault cases.
The 70 colleges whose football teams are bound for bowl games this year continue to graduate white football players at considerably higher rates than black football players, according to an annual report released on Monday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. This year’s report says that the average graduation-success rate for black football players was 65 percent—up from 62 percent last year, but still 19 percentage points lower than the average graduation-success rate for white football players, which was 84 percent.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education also released a report on Monday that examines the six-year graduation rates of black athletes on teams participating in the 2014 Bowl Championship Series. Other research from the center has found that, in all sports, 50 percent of black male athletes at universities in the seven major conferences graduated within six years, compared with 67 percent of athletes over all and 56 percent of black male undergraduates.
A group of faculty members at Brandeis University is urging it to restart its partnership with a Palestinian university. Brandeis severed ties with Al-Quds University last month over the Palestinian institution’s handling of a controversial campus protest in which demonstrators raised a traditional Nazi salute and honored “martyred” suicide bombers.
But the three faculty members, who are affiliated with Brandeis’s International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, said in a fact-finding …
The Interfraternity Council at the University of Pittsburgh has instituted a policy that calls for fraternities to be fined $20 for every tenth of a percentage point below a 2.5 grade-point average that individual pledges earn. The new policy is part of an effort to raise the average GPA for fraternity members above the average GPA of all male students on the campus. The council’s president told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the new policy was not a response to pressure from the university. A Pitt spokesman said sororities there do not have a similar policy, according to the newspaper.
The Connecticut university is returning Native American artifacts and human remains that were collected mostly in the 19th century and are part of its anthropology and archaeology collections. Wesleyan recently apologized for taking part in what it said were the 19th- and 20th-century practices of accepting the items without the consent of indigenous peoples. The university said it had adopted a repatriation policy in compliance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a 1990 law that requires institutions receiving federal funds to make such human remains available for return to recognized tribes.
Kean University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Saturday to uphold the university president’s controversial decision to reject six of the nine faculty members up for tenure this fall, The Star-Ledger reported.
Kean’s faculty union has accused the university’s president, Dawood Y. Farahi, of seeking to undermine tenure. But Mr. Farahi has said the decision reflects an effort “to make the process of earning tenure at Kean more rigorous.”
On Saturday dozens of speakers urged the board to o…
The administration of Seattle University, a Roman Catholic institution, has moved to head off the unionization of its contingent faculty members by announcing its opposition to any such organizing effort.
In staking out such a position, the university is almost certain to be pulled into a broader debate over whether Catholic colleges’ opposition to unionization is necessary to preserve their religious liberty or contradicts the Roman Catholic Church’s own teachings that workers have a moral ri…
Temple University plans to cut seven sports programs in 2014 in an effort to increase financial support for the remaining ones, with campus officials attributing the decision to rising costs and the poor conditions of some athletics facilities, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The university said in a written statement on Friday that the cuts would take effect in July, shutting down baseball, men’s crew, men’s outdoor and indoor track and field, men’s gymnastics, and a pair of women’s…
The head coach of the University of New Hampshire’s women’s ice-hockey team has been let go after an investigation into what the university said was inappropriate physical contact with a player on the bench during a recent home game. The coach, Brian McCloskey, had led the program since being named the team’s head coach, in 2002.