All posts by J. Clara Chan


U. of Georgia Prevents Professor From Including ‘Stress-Reduction Policy’ in Syllabus

The University of Georgia has prevented a business professor from including a “stress-reduction policy” in his course syllabi that would have allowed students to choose their own grades and abandon group work and meetings without explanation.

Richard Watson, a professor in the Terry College of Business’s department of management information systems, had originally posted his syllabi online with the stress policy, which he wrote was intended to prevent the “profound consequences” of emotional rea…


Northwestern Professor and Oxford Worker, Sought in Killing, Are Taken Into Custody

Updated (8/5/2017, 9:30 a.m.) with news that the two suspects had been arrested.

A Northwestern University professor and an employee of the University of Oxford who were wanted in the murder of a 26-year-old hairstylist surrendered to law-enforcement officials and have been taken into custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was found stabbed to death last week in the apartment of Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern. T…


U. of North Carolina Chancellor Criticizes Board’s Proposal to Hamstring Civil-Rights Center

Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has publicly proclaimed her support for an embattled civil-rights center’s ability to pursue litigation, The News & Observer reports.

The university system’s Board of Governors is considering a proposal to prevent the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in any litigation. In the past, the center — which was founded in 2001 by the civil-rights lawyer Julius Chambers — has taken on cases involving …


U. of Central Florida Student Says He Was Suspended for Viral Tweet of Ex’s Apology

A University of Central Florida student who tweeted his ex-girlfriend’s apology letter after a breakup, which he graded in red ink like a school paper, has been suspended, reported WFTV 9, a local ABC affiliate.

Nick Lutz posted the letter months ago, and it has been retweeted more than 121,000 times and liked more than 337,000 times. But Mr. Lutz and his lawyer, Jacob Stuart Jr., told WFTV 9 that even though the ex-girlfriend is not a UCF student, Mr. Lutz was placed on two semesters of suspens…


Despite Forged Signature, Bethune-Cookman U. Proceeds With $306-Million Dorm Contract

A $306-million contract to construct new dormitories at Bethune-Cookman University is moving forward — even though the university president’s signature on the contract was forged, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

The contract was first made in 2014 with the company TG Quantum, which was created specifically to bid on the dorm project and did not have any other business contracts before its deal with Bethune-Cookman. The contract included an aggressive financing agreement that amounted to…


Adjunct Says She Was Suspended Following Appearance on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

An adjunct professor at Essex County College, in New Jersey, was suspended two days after her appearance as a political commentator on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lisa Durden, who is also a talk-show host and pop-culture commentator, appeared on Mr. Carlson’s show this month to discuss a Memorial Day event hosted by Black Lives Matter organizers that was open only to black attendees. Although Ms. Durden did not disclose her affiliation with Essex County College on the show, a co…


Baylor’s Former Leader Said Its Failure on Sexual Violence Was Not ‘Fundamental’

Updated (6/15/2017, 4:01 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor.

David E. Garland, the former interim president of Baylor University, said in a deposition last month that the institution had not exhibited a “fundamental failure” on sexual assault, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

In the deposition, which was conducted as part of a Title IX lawsuit that the university is facing, Mr. Garland, who stepped down this month, said that he didn’t know why the university’s former president, Kenneth W. Starr,…


U. of Virginia Student Is Released by North Korea After Being Detained 17 Months

A University of Virginia student, Otto F. Warmbier, has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma, The Washington Post reports.

Mr. Warmbier, now 22, was arrested and detained in North Korea 17 months ago for “hostile acts against the state,” and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor. He had been passing through Pyongyang, North Korea, on New Year’s Eve en route to Hong Kong for a study-abroad trip. While in a North Korean hotel, he had attempted to remove a propaganda si…


Ted Cruz Called a Harvard Chair’s Views on the Paris Withdrawal ‘Sad.’ She Fired Back.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, dashed off a fiery response to a tweet on Thursday by the chair of Harvard University’s American-studies program, Joyce Chaplin, who wrote that the United States — created by the international community through the Peace of Paris, in 1783 — was betraying the very same community by backing out of the Paris climate agreement.


Howard U. Fires Police Officers After Hospital Patient Was Dumped From Wheelchair

Howard University has fired two police officers after video appeared to show them dumping a female patient from the university’s hospital out of a wheelchair last month, and leaving her lying on the ground by a bus stop outside, according to The Washington Post.

Gabriel Adegoke, president of the Metropolitan Campus Police Officers Union, which represents the officers, confirmed to the Post that the female officer shown in the video, one of the male officers, and their supervisor had been fired….