UVa President, Who Prevailed Over Bid to Oust Her, Will Step Down

Teresa A. Sullivan, the University of Virginia president who made national news in 2012 by beating back the governing board’s attempt to oust her, will step down when a successor is found, she announced on Friday.

In a written statement, Ms. Sullivan did not provide a precise reason for her departure, except to say that the university was “strong and positioned for even greater strength,” and that her current contract expires in 2018.

In 2012, Ms. Sullivan’s sudden resignation shocked academe an…


Here’s a Sampling of Inauguration Protests College Students Are Organizing Nationwide

Students from campuses nationwide are flocking to Washington, D.C., by “rally buses” for the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump — and for protests, particularly the highly anticipated Women’s March on Washington.

For students not making the trip, protests nationwide will include marches in “sisterhood” with the Washington marchers at college towns such as Ann Arbor, Mich., and Madison, Wis., as well as a national student walkout.

Emma Sarappo, a sophomore at Northwestern University, sa…


Education Dept. Clarifies Rule Governing Online Courses

The Education Department on Thursday clarified a key piece of a new distance-education regulation, making it clearer that the reciprocity agreement known as SARA, under which more than 1,300 colleges have already been approved to offer online courses across state lines, would satisfy the new regulation.

The clarification removes the question mark over the legality of those colleges’ programs.

In a blog post about the department’s action, Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at the WI…


U. of Wisconsin System Sues Former Campus Leaders Over Handling of Millions

The University of Wisconsin system has sued two former high-ranking officials on its Oshkosh campus in a civil lawsuit over what the system says were financial improprieties in five development projects, including the construction of two biodigesters and an alumni conference center.

The system’s lawsuit, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern, alleges that a former chancellor of the campus, Richard Wells, and a retired vice chancellor and chief business officer, Tom Sonnleitner, mishandled millio…


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Nation’s Largest Student-Loan Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient, the country’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, for failing borrowers during every stage of repayment, the federal agency said on Wednesday in a news release.

In the lawsuit, which seeks undisclosed damages, the bureau states that Navient violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Navient provided borrowers with b…


Janet Napolitano, U. of California System President, Is Being Treated for Cancer

The president of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano, is undergoing treatment for cancer, which was diagnosed at the end of August.

A statement from the president’s office noted that she had been successfully treated after a previous cancer diagnosis and said that her current treatment was nearly complete. Side effects from her treatment resulted in the president’s hospitalization on Monday, the statement said, but her physicians say she is doing well and is expected back to he…


Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President

The University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Faculty Senate voted no confidence last week in the university system’s president, James R. Johnsen.

The Friday vote, reported in the Alaska Dispatch News, was in response to changing university priorities following a $50-million cut in state funding over two years.

As part of its “Strategic Pathways” initiative, begun last year, the university consolidated its three education programs into a single entity on the Juneau campus, leaving Anchorage and Fairba…


Leader of For-Profit College Says He Was Fired for Sheltering Homeless Student

The president of Vatterott College at Kansas City, Brian Carroll, says he was fired for offering shelter to a homeless and schizophrenic student in the library on the Missouri campus.

Mr. Carroll told a local television station that the student had run out of medication and had nowhere warm to go when the temperature fell to near zero, on January 6.

“I just didn’t want to take the chance,” Mr. Carroll said. “We had ice and snow.”

The student didn’t steal or damage property where he was staying i…


Following Plagiarism Reports, Trump Aide Bows Out of White House Post

Monica Crowley, whom President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen to serve as director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, has decided not to take the job following allegations that she had plagiarized parts of a book and her doctoral dissertation.

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” Ms. Crowley said in a written statement to The Washington Times. “I…


Idaho State Settles Sex-Harassment Suit for $170,000

A former employee of Idaho State University who said she had been sexually harassed by her boss and then punished by the institution for complaining has settled her lawsuit for $170,000, the Idaho State Journal reports.

Kelly Pokorny, who worked as an education coordinator at the university’s Museum of Natural History, alleged that Herb Machner, the museum’s director, followed her into her office in 2013 and forcibly kissed her and grabbed her buttocks. She filed a complaint and was placed on ad…