Harvard’s Dining-Hall Workers ‘Achieved Every Goal’ in Strike

Harvard University will pay its full-time dining-hall workers at least $35,000 a year and cover additional health-care costs, The Harvard Crimson reports.

The university and the union representing the roughly 750 workers were at odds over salaries and health coverage during their negotiations. The workers went on strike in early October, after talks broke down. They had asked for a minimum salary of $35,000 and affordable health care.

The union, Unite Here Local 26, released details of the agree…


Brigham Young Will Grant Disciplinary Amnesty to Sexual-Assault Victims

Brigham Young University will grant amnesty from violations of its Honor Code to students who report sexual assaults, officials announced on Wednesday. The decision came after a committee of four administrators and faculty members conducted a monthslong review into the Mormon university’s sexual-assault policies.

BYU attracted widespread attention in April after several students said the university had started investigating them for potential Honor Code violations shortly after they reported bei…


Jackson State U. President Steps Down

Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University, resigned on Tuesday afternoon amid questions about finances after a significant drop in the university’s cash reserves, reports The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson, Miss.

Over the past five years, the cash reserves decreased by 89 percent while Jackson State has run an $8-million deficit. As a result, university officials are cutting the budget and putting in place cost-saving measures, including a hiring freeze.

The Mississippi Institutions of H…


College of Southern Idaho Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

The College of Southern Idaho announced on Tuesday that a former vice president would receive $650,000 to settle her discrimination lawsuit, reports The Times-News, in Twin Falls, Idaho

Edit Szanto, who had been vice president for student services, planning, and grant development, sued in 2015, claiming that she had been “harassed and ultimately fired from her job” because of her gender and her status as a Romanian immigrant.

In a statement, the college denied wrongdoing and said the settlement …


Harvard Reaches Tentative Deal With Striking Dining-Hall Workers

Harvard University reached a tentative agreement early Tuesday with the union representing the campus’s 750 dining-hall workers, bringing an apparent end to their strike after nearly three weeks, The Harvard Crimson reports.

Details of the agreement have not yet been released, but the union’s president, Brian Lang, told the Crimson that the deal “accomplished all of our goals.” The workers had asked for increased wages and for Harvard not to raise out-of-pocket health-care costs.

Students have s…


Faculty Strike Ends in Settlement at Pennsylvania’s State-Owned Colleges

Striking faculty members in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will return to class no later than Monday after three days of picketing, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The faculty union, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which has 5,500 members, said in a news release that it had made concessions on salaries and benefits in order to reach a tentative, three-year agreement. In exchange, the state system will drop more than 200 proposed cha…


U. of New Mexico Fires Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Cristobal Valencia, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, has been fired after he was accused of sexually harassing students, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Mr. Valencia’s half-year-long case took several turns. He was suspended and then censured as a result of a university investigation. When new complaints were filed, in August, the university suspended him with pay.

Chaouki Abdallah, the university’s provost, said in a written statement that he had “conclud…


NCAA Cites U. of Louisville for 4 Major Rules Violations

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has cited the University of Louisville for four major rules violations after a yearlong investigation into allegations that a top athletics official had paid strippers and prostitutes to provide sexual services to recruits for the men’s basketball team, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Andre McGee, a former director of basketball operations, was that athletics official, according to the NCAA’s notice of allegations, released on Thursday. The NC…


Board Orders Audit of All Flights by Iowa State U.’s President

Every flight that Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University, has taken on the institution’s airplanes will be audited for possible misuse, the Associated Press reports.

The president of the Iowa Board of Regents ordered the audit on Thursday, after Mr. Leath was reported to have used a university aircraft on several occasions to fly to his home in North Carolina. An investigation found that a hard landing last year by Mr. Leath, who is a certified pilot, caused $12,000 in damage to a univ…


Education Dept. Opens Title IX Investigation at Baylor

After months of controversy surrounding Baylor University’s handling of sexual-violence cases, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that it had opened a Title IX investigation there.

Dorie Nolt, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement emailed to reporters that the office, known as OCR, had opened the investigation “after receiving a complaint from the former Baylor Title IX coordinator.” The coordinator, Patty Crawford, went on national television this m…