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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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City College of San Francisco, Which Fought Accreditor, Wins Back Full Recognition

City College of San Francisco, the community college that vigorously fought efforts by its accreditor to strip it of its accreditation, has been reaccredited for the full term of seven years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges moved to strip the college of its accreditation in 2013, citing problems in the college’s finances as well as its governance. That spurred the college’s leaders to scramble in an effort to save it. After variou…

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In Shift, Education Dept. Will Automatically Forgive Student Loans Incurred at Defunct For-Profit

With one week left before its leadership changes hands, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that it would automatically grant loan-debt relief to former students at the American Career Institute, a defunct for-profit college in Massachusetts. The move is a shift from how the department has so far granted relief to defrauded borrowers, requiring them to apply for it.

The department said in a news release that it would send emails to former students of the institute starting on Tu…

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Sacred Heart U. Apologizes for Saying Wrong Man Was a Rape Suspect

Sacred Heart University apologized on Wednesday for distributing the name and photograph of a man wrongfully connected to the off-campus sexual assault of a student.

The Connecticut university’s apology was part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit brought by Gary Douglas, who was accused of the assault in leaflets posted last April around the campus, according to The Connecticut Post. Neither Mr. Douglas’s lawyer nor the university commented on the specifics of the case, except to confirm …