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…


Faculty at Pennsylvania’s State-Owned Colleges Launch First-Ever Classroom Strike

Faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned colleges and universities hit the picket lines on Wednesday morning as the system’s faculty union declared a strike over failed contract negotiations. It’s the first ever classroom strike in the history of the system, which enrolls more than 100,000 students.

Negotiations over a new contract for the system’s roughly 5,000 faculty members fell apart late Tuesday night, with the union and the administration giving differing accounts of what had been…


College of New Rochelle’s President Steps Down Amid Financial Investigation

Judith A. Huntington, president of the College of New Rochelle, resigned on Saturday amid trustees’ concerns over “significant unmet financial obligations” that the Catholic institution in New York state is facing, The Journal News reported.

The chair of the Board of Trustees said in a statement that the unmet obligations had accrued over time, but that the board had learned of them only recently. The board has hired a forensic accountant and an outside law firm to investigate the matter. It has…


Universities in Pennsylvania State System Brace for Possible Faculty Strike

Faculty members in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education plan to go on strike Wednesday morning if contract negotiations do not yield a new contract, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

System officials and union representatives continued their talks on Tuesday in hopes of averting a strike. An embargo on the negotiations has kept students, staff members, and the public in the dark, but an agreement seems possible. The union signaled in a statement on Friday that it would stay at t…


One-Third of Low-Income Student Borrowers Who Rehabbed Loans Could Default Again

[Updated (10/17/2016, 11:45 p.m.) with additional information and editing changes.]

One in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have “cured” a loan in default in the past year are likely to default again, according to a report released on Monday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The federal agency’s student-loan ombudsman’s latest annual report highlights complaints the bureau has received from the “most economically distressed” borrowers about the transition from de…


Princeton Will Pay $18 Million to Settle Suit Over Property-Tax Exemption

Princeton University has agreed to pay more than $18 million over the next six years to settle a lawsuit brought by local homeowners who challenged its property-tax exemption, the university announced on Friday.

About $10 million of the settlement funds will go toward property-tax relief for homeowners, and $1.25 million toward assistance with the housing needs of economically disadvantaged residents of the town of Princeton, N.J. The university will also make two additional voluntary payments, …