All posts by Don Troop


UC-Irvine Reinstates Admissions Offers to Hundreds of Students

The University of California at Irvine announced on Wednesday that it was reversing a decision to rescind admissions offers to hundreds of students it had already accepted.

“Effective immediately, all students who received provisional acceptances into UCI will be fully admitted, except those whose transcripts clearly indicate that they did not meet our academic standards,” said an apologetic statement from Irvine’s chancellor, Howard A. Gillman.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the university…


President of Financially Troubled Bethune-Cookman U. Will Retire Early

Edison O. Jackson, president of the financially troubled Bethune-Cookman University since 2012, announced on Tuesday that he would be retiring a year before his contract expires, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. The news comes just days after the revelation that the university planned to proceed with a dormitory-construction contract costing $306-million over 40 years even though Mr. Jackson’s signature on the document had been forged.

According to the newspaper, the historically black u…


Louis Freeh Savages Penn State’s Leaders and Calls for Its President to Resign

Louis J. Freeh, who five years ago produced a scathing report on the culpability of Pennsylvania State University administrators in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal, released a two-page statement on Friday that tore into the university’s leaders and called for the resignation of President Eric J. Barron.

The statement, reported by Penn Live, appeared hours after a jury in Dauphin County Court convicted Graham B. Spanier, Penn State’s former president, on one misdemeanor count of enda…


Idaho State Settles Sex-Harassment Suit for $170,000

A former employee of Idaho State University who said she had been sexually harassed by her boss and then punished by the institution for complaining has settled her lawsuit for $170,000, the Idaho State Journal reports.

Kelly Pokorny, who worked as an education coordinator at the university’s Museum of Natural History, alleged that Herb Machner, the museum’s director, followed her into her office in 2013 and forcibly kissed her and grabbed her buttocks. She filed a complaint and was placed on ad…


Citing Civil-Rights Concerns, NCAA Pulls 7 Championship Events Out of North Carolina

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Monday that it was moving seven previously scheduled championship events out of North Carolina “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

North Carolina has been accused of discriminating against transgender people with the passage of House Bill 2, which requires that people use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates. The University of North Carolin…


Judge Rejects Texas Professors’ Bid for Injunction to Block Guns From Classrooms

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin for a preliminary injunction to keep concealed guns out of their classrooms, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The ruling, by Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court in Austin, came just two days before the start of fall classes at the state’s flagship. The university has been roiled by the August 1 imposition of a state law allowing the licensed carry of concealed handguns in most p…


Dowling College to Remain Open for Now

Dowling College, a small, private institution on New York’s Long Island that had announced plans to close, will remain open for now, the Associated Press reports. On Wednesday the college posted a statement on its website saying that its trustees had rescinded a motion to shut down the institution, which is reportedly $54 million in debt.

“The college is currently engaged in sustained strategic negotiations with Global University Systems (GUS) for the purpose of creating an academic partnership …


U. of Michigan Drags Its Heels on Investigation of Sex-Assault Complaints, Paper Reports

The University of Michigan has sought several extensions from federal investigators looking into the institution’s handling of sexual-assault complaints filed under the gender-equity law known as Title IX, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lawyers for the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights have expressed frustration with the university’s pattern of delays, according to emails the newspaper obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Free Press reported that Michigan had al…


Obama Administration to Issue Directive on Transgender Access to Bathrooms

The Obama administration will issue a directive on Friday that public-school districts must allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, The New York Times and The Washington Post report. The mandate contains an implicit threat that institutions that do not comply risk losing federal funds.

A statement…


Black West Point Cadets Won’t Be Punished for Posing With Fists Raised

The U.S. Military Academy said on Tuesday that it wouldn’t discipline 16 black female cadets who posed for a photo with their fists raised before commencement, the Associated Press reports.

The photo ignited criticism last week on social media, The New York Times reported, as commenters “accused the women of allying t…