Federal Judge Blocks U. of North Carolina From Enforcing ‘Bathroom Bill’

A federal judge has barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing House Bill 2, the state law that requires people in public buildings to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates, BuzzFeed reported on Friday.

Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of the U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, N.C., said that he had barred the university from enforcing the rule after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the Obama administration’s interpretation of …


Have You Used Trigger Warnings in the Classroom?

A letter to incoming students at the University of Chicago, and its open opposition to trigger warnings and safe spaces, has touched off a debate about the effects of — and rationale for — those practices in the classroom. The controversy has, among other things, prompted supporters of trigger warnings to openly advocate for their value in the classroom.

One instructor, Erika D. Price, wrote in a post on Medium that trigger warnings are a critical tool to protect students who have faced traumati…


Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit

The University of California at Berkeley has indefinitely suspended its proposed “global campus” because of its budget deficit, the East Bay Times reported on Friday, even though the Berkeley chancellor said earlier this year that the project would be off-limits to budget cuts.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said in an open letter to the campus in February that although Berkeley was considering cuts to close a $150-million deficit, the planned global campus would be “entirely supported by …


U. of Chicago’s Condemning of Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings Reignites Debate

A letter to incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago has reignited a debate over political correctness, the perceived coddling of college students, and academic freedom.

The letter, signed by John Ellison, the dean of students, states that the university does “not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’” nor does it cancel controversial campus speakers or “condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”



Education Dept. Cuts Off Federal Aid to New Students at For-Profit ITT

The U.S. Department of Education is barring ITT Educational Services Inc. from enrolling new students with federal financial aid, the department announced in a news release on Thursday. The department is also increasing the amount of cash ITT must send the department from just under $100 million to roughly $250 million, among other things.

The department’s move may be its most substantial action against an individual for-profit educator since its heightened scrutiny of Corinthian Colleges caused…


U. of Vermont Cancels Game at Chapel Hill Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

Citing concerns about North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” the University of Vermont has canceled a scheduled women’s basketball game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Burlington Free Press reports.

“We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued,” the university’s athletic director, Jeff Schulman, said in a written statement. “It would be hard to fulfill these obligations …


Fraternity at Texas A&M Is Suspended After a Student Dies

The Sigma Nu fraternity chapter at Texas A&M University at College Station suspended all activities after a student died over the weekend, KBTX reported on Thursday.

A search warrant said fraternity members had dragged Anton Gridnev’s body through the house before waiting to call 911 because they did not want any police involvement. Paramedics took Mr. Gridnev to a hospital on Saturday morning after a fraternity party on Friday night. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

On Saturday morning s…


U. of Iowa Professor Wants Athletics Mascot to Show More Smile, Less Scowl

Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, wants images of Herky the Hawk, the Hawkeyes’ mascot, to display a wider range of facial expressions beyond his well-known grimace, to better exemplify the university’s welcoming atmosphere, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on Wednesday.

Ms. Oral recently wrote an email to athletic-department officials and Faculty Senate members saying that incoming students should be met with calm, nurtu…


Gunmen Attack American U. in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 12 People

Militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday evening, firing on students in an attack that killed at least 12 people and wounded at least 30, according to reports by The Washington Post and CNN.

An Afghan police official told CNN that those killed included seven students, three police officers, and two security guards.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the two-pronged assault — a powerful explosion was set off nearby as the gunmen stormed onto the…


Will the NLRB’s Columbia Ruling Tarnish the ‘College Experience’? A Closer Look

The National Labor Relations Board’s decision on Tuesday declaring that graduate-student assistants at Columbia University are employees with the right to unionize could have stark and unwelcome effects on private campuses where such unions are formed. Or so said the lone board member who voted against the majority, Philip A. Miscimarra, in his dissent.

First and foremost among those effects are the “economic weapons” now available to both the assistants and their universities in the course of c…