Harvard Places Men’s Cross-Country Team on ‘Athletic Probation’

The athletics department at Harvard University has placed the men’s cross-country team on “athletic probation,” according to The Boston Globe, but what that means, exactly, isn’t clear.

The probation stems from a spreadsheet the team created about the women’s cross-country team. The document came to light after members of Harvard’s women’s soccer team decried a lewd ranking of them made by the male team in their sport. The cross-country men’s spreadsheet included comments about the cross-country…


Student Is Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of U. of Southern California Professor

[Updated (12/3/2016, 1:40 p.m.) to include further details about the suspect.]

A graduate student has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. The professor, Bosco Tjan, was stabbed multiple times in the campus’s Seeley G. Mudd building on Friday afternoon. Mr. Tjan was a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. He joined the USC faculty in 2001.

In a message to the campus, P…


Virginia Foxx Is House GOP’s Choice to Lead Education Committee

Rep. Virginia A. Foxx, a North Carolina Republican who just won election to her seventh term in Congress, was named on Friday as the new chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the main policy-making panel for higher education in the chamber.

Ms. Foxx, who has led the panel’s higher-education subcommittee since 2010, will take over the committee’s leadership in January, when the 115th Congress convenes, a session that may see major changes in higher-education policy. Sh…


UNLV Instructor Apologizes for Saying He Would Report Undocumented Students

A part-time mathematics instructor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has apologized for saying on Facebook that he would report students to immigration authorities if they were in the country illegally, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

In his statement, the instructor, George Buch, said that his comments were “intended to be a joke although clearly a poor one” and that he would never create an atmosphere of hate or intolerance in his classroom.

The comments were made on Facebook in …


Yale Sets Guidelines on Renaming Campus Buildings

Seven months after Yale University announced that John C. Calhoun’s name would not be removed from a campus residential college, sparking protests among many students, officials said on Friday that the institution had adopted a detailed set of guidelines for deciding whether to rename campus buildings.

Three “advisers” will now use the guidelines to reconsider the Calhoun College name, which critics say honors a man who championed slavery. The advisers are G. Leonard Baker, a 1964 alumnus; …


U. of Pennsylvania Provost Is Named New President of Duke U.

Vincent Price, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, was named on Friday as Duke University’s 10th president, the university said in a news release.

The university’s Board of Trustees elected Mr. Price to replace President Richard H. Brodhead. In April, Mr. Brodhead announced that he would step down from his post this coming summer.

Mr. Price has worked as Penn’s provost since 2009. He is also a political-science professor and a communication professor at Penn. He will start his new positi…


After Backlash, Hampshire College Returns U.S. Flag to Campus

Hampshire College raised the American flag on its central flagpole Friday morning, following a backlash over the institution’s decision to remove it from campus in the aftermath of the election.

In a written statement, Jonathan Lash, Hampshire’s president, said the flag was raised to full staff on Friday following “a two-week discussion period about what the flag means to members of the Hampshire community.”

The flag has been the focal point of several incidents on Hampshire’s campus following t…


Free-Speech Groups Describe Campus Media as Besieged

Colleges in every sector of higher education are threatening the independence of their student journalists, says a report released on Thursday by advocacy groups focused on free speech or academic freedom.

The report describes several recent public controversies — including those at Mt. Saint Mary’s University, in Maryland; Northern Michigan University; and Wesleyan University, in Connecticut — in which student newspapers or their advisers complained of coming under undue pressure to restrict…


Colorado Heights U. Will Close After Accreditor Loses Recognition

Colorado Heights University, a nonprofit institution in Denver, will close next year, The Denver Post reports.

The announcement follows the U.S. Department of Education’s denial of recognition to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the university’s accreditor. Declining enrollment also played a role in the decision to close, the Post reports.

Colorado Heights said in a statement that about 400 of its 500 students were expected to graduate from the institution, and that …


$108 Billion in Student Debt Is Likely to Be Forgiven, Government Says

In a report released on Wednesday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the federal government would forgive at least $108 billion of student debt in the coming years, an amount higher than expected.

The office also said the Department of Education’s method of forecasting the cost of its income-driven repayment program does not “ensure reliable budget estimates,” because, among other things, it does not factor in inflation.

The report looks at borrowers in such plans, an option created…