Community College Disciplined Instructor After Student Handed Out Pro-Union Pens

Dave Berger, a sociology instructor at Inver Hills Community College, was banned from the campus for three months, starting in February, while the college investigated who was behind a student’s distribution of pens with the faculty-union label on it, the Star Tribune reports.

The Minnesota college accused Mr. Berger of pressuring a student to pass out the pens on his behalf. But Mr. Berger contends the student was coerced by a staff member to give false testimony.

Following the investigation, t…


U. of North Dakota’s President Denounces Racist Snapchat Posts

The University of North Dakota’s president pledged to take action after two racist photos circulated on Snapchat within 48 hours of each other, The Forum reported.

The first photo showed three white people smiling while wearing university apparel in what appeared to be a residence hall. The photo was posted with the caption, “Locked the black b**** out.” The second showed four white women in blackface, with a caption that read, “Black lives matter.”

Mark R. Kennedy, North Dakota’s president, s…


U. of Mississippi Students Stage Sit-In Over Racist Social-Media Post

About 60 University of Mississippi students are staging a sit-in at the campus’s administrative building to criticize the university’s response to a social-media post advocating the lynching of protesters in Charlotte, N.C., The Clarion-Ledger reported on Friday.

Angry protests have occurred nightly in Charlotte since Keith L. Scott was shot to death by the police on Tuesday.

The university’s chancellor, Jeffrey S. Vitter, condemned the post, which came from a student’s account, and the student-…


Education Dept. Revokes Recognition of Embattled Accreditor of For-Profit Colleges

[Last updated (9/22/2016, 8:26 p.m.) with additional reaction.]

The U.S. Education Department has decided to revoke the federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the much-maligned accreditor of many for-profit colleges.

Emma Vadehra, chief of staff to the secretary of education, wrote in a letter on Thursday that she agreed with the recommendations of Education Department analysts and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrit…


U. of Kansas Chancellor Will Step Down Next Year

Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced on Thursday that she planned to leave her post in the summer of 2017, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Ms. Gray-Little started at the university in 2009, and she was the first woman and first African-American to lead the state’s flagship university. She said in a news release that the timing of her decision made sense.

“With many critical initiatives either completed or nearing completion — including a $1.6-billion …


SUNY Polytechnic President, Charged With Felony Bid-Rigging, Is Suspended Without Pay

[Updated (9/22/2016, 8:58 p.m.) with response from Mr. Kaloyeros's lawyer.]

Alain E. Kaloyeros, president and chief executive of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, was one of two men charged with felony bid-rigging on New York State economic-development projects, the Times Union reported on Thursday. Eric T. Schneiderman, the state’s attorney general, said Mr. Kaloyeros and Joseph Nicolla, a developer in Albany and SUNY Polytechnic board member, had conspired to rig bids.

Mr. Kaloyeros, a longtime …


15 Academics Are Among 23 Winners of 2016 MacArthur Fellowships

More than half of the 23 winners of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowships are academics, according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which chooses the fellows for their “exceptional creativity, promise of important advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.”

The winners will each receive a $625,000 grant, distributed over five years, to use at their discretion.

A full list of the winners an…


Justice Dept. and Wheaton College (Mass.) Settle Sex-Assault Case

The U.S. Department of Justice has found that Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, fell short of Title IX’s requirements in its response to a report of sexual assault, the department said in a resolution agreement.

The department began an investigation in August 2015 after receiving a complaint about the college’s handling of the case. The investigation found, among other things, that:

  • Individuals at the college responsible for investigating and adjudicating sexual-misconduct complaints did not u…

U. of Tennessee Investigates Professor for ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet on Charlotte Protesters

[Updated (9/22/2016, 7:04 p.m.) with additional response from Mr. Reynolds.]

Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, had his Twitter account temporarily suspended on Wednesday night, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Mr. Reynolds, who has more than 66,000 followers at @instapundit, wrote a tweet suggesting that motorists in Charlotte, N.C., should run over protesters.

Furious protests have taken hold in Charlotte since Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death …


Governor Can’t Unilaterally Cut Colleges’ Budgets, Kentucky Justices Rule

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s governor, Matt Bevin, overstepped his legal authority in cutting public colleges’ budgets by 2 percent, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

In March, Governor Bevin, a Republican, ordered that the budgets of the commonwealth’s public colleges be cut by 4.5 percent — a number later revised to 2 percent. That prompted Attorney General Andy Beshear of Kentucky, a Democrat, to sue the governor, saying the order was “unconstitutional and illegal.”…