Ever Had a Weird Experience Grading Papers or Tests? Tell Us About It.

A viral tweet would have you believe that a college student learned about failing a midterm in the most unwelcome of ways — from a stranger via Twitter. In short, on Thursday someone tweeted that, after nosily eyeing a professor grading papers on an airplane, a student named Taiwan Jones had definitely failed a midterm. An account named Taiwan Jones responded to the tweet with a terse “….”

But — surprise! — the tweeting was a hoax. So says The Washington Post. And we’re not exactly surprised. In…


A Bunch of Conservative Students Dressed Up as Babies to Protest Safe Spaces

Members of the Kent State University chapter of Turning Point USA, a right-wing student group, dressed up in diapers as babies on Wednesday to protest safe spaces. A photojournalist on the campus tweeted several photos of the protest:

The chapter itself also tweeted a photo of the event:


Grad Student Sounds Alarms Over Penn’s Response to Online Attacks

Updated (10/19/2017, 4:52 p.m.) with statement from the university.

A graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania said administrators pulled them from the classroom over the use of a teaching technique, according to a set of messages on Twitter.

Stephanie McKellop, who uses they/them pronouns, wrote in a series of posts that are set to private that the university was going to condemn McKellop for using progressive stacking, a method aimed at offering marginalized students a greater chan…


U. of Maryland Student Is Charged With Hate Crime in Killing of Bowie State Student

Sean Christopher Urbanski was charged on Tuesday with committing a hate crime in the May 20 killing of Richard W. Collins III at the University of Maryland at College Park, The Washington Post reported. Mr. Urbanski, who is white, had been arrested in the stabbing of Mr. Collins, a black student at Bowie State University.

The FBI and other authorities are investigating whether Mr. Urbanski’s attack was racially charged. He was a member of the Facebook group “Alt-Reich: Nation.” Mr. Urbansk…


Bill Would Bar U. of Wisconsin Employees From Working at Planned Parenthood

A new bill in the Wisconsin Legislature proposes barring a partnership that allows University of Wisconsin employees to work at Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports.

The measure targets the university’s decade-old arrangement with Planned Parenthood, through which faculty members work part time at a clinic in Madison, Wis. The bill would also prevent university employees from performing abortions or training students at facilities where abortions are performed, besides hospitals.



Pro-Trump Protesters Shout Down Democrat’s Speech at Whittier College

Protesters at Whittier College interrupted a question-and-answer session on October 5 with California’s Democratic attorney general, Xavier Becerra, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. The protesters, joined by the conservative columnist Arthur Schaper, shouted, “Respect our president,” “Americans first,” and “You must respect our president.”

The hecklers were protesting California’s lawsuit against the Trump administration for rescinding the Deferred Action …


Governor Declares Emergency Tied to White Nationalist’s Planned Speech at U. of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has declared a state of an emergency in connection with a planned appearance this week at the University of Florida by the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, reports The Tampa Bay Times.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our No. 1 priority,” Governor Scott, a Republican, said in a written statement.

Violence erupted in August in Charlottesville, Va., f…


Chapel Hill Is Spared Penalties in NCAA Investigation of Academic-Athletic Scandal

Last updated (10/13/2017, 1:15 p.m.) with a response from the university.

The NCAA stopped short on Friday of handing down penalties that many at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had feared would result from the association’s investigation of the academic and athletic scandal that has rocked the campus for years. The NCAA announced in a report that it “could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules.” Some observers had feared the association…


House Democrats Propose Making Obama-Era Title IX Guidance Into Law

A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives wants details of the Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault to be written into law, Politico reports.

Their legislation, the Title IX Protection Act, would codify parts of the recently rescinded guidance on the gender-equity law known as Title IX. In September the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights rescinded a 2011 letter on how colleges should handle campus sexual assault and a 2014 question-and-answer document a…


Eight LSU Students Are Arrested Over Fraternity Pledge’s Death

Eight arrest warrants have been issued for students who are Phi Delta Theta fraternity members at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in connection with the death last month of a freshman pledge, according to an LSU news release.

The freshman, Maxwell Gruver, died after participating in a fraternity drinking game and consuming alcohol “in excess,” The Advocate reported. An LSU investigation found that Phi Delta Theta’s pledges had been asked questions about the fraternity and had been forc…