All posts by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

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Brown U. and Native American Tribe End Standoff Over Land

Brown University and members of a group that identifies as Native American have reached an agreement concerning 375 acres of university land on which the group had encamped, Brown said on Monday in a news release.

The Native American group, the Pokanoket tribe, set up camp on the land, in Bristol, R.I., on August 20. The tribe asserted that the land belonged to the Pokanoket people by ancestral right.

Later members of a faculty committee in Brown’s program in Native American and indigenous studi…

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Howard U. Students Protest During James Comey’s Convocation Speech

James Comey, the former FBI director, was met with songs and protest chants at Howard University on Friday as he gave the convocation address, a video on the Politico site shows.

In the video, student protesters can be heard singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” in the back of the auditorium. In an interview, Jaquatte Williams, a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism, said that Mr. Comey could not be heard over the sound of the protesters and that he waited at the podium for the students to stop.

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Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives With New Interim Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded two pieces of Obama-era guidance that told colleges how they should handle issues related to campus sexual assault, and has replaced them with new interim guidance, the department announced on Friday.

In a speech this month, the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, announced that the department would begin a process for replacing the Obama-era guidance. The department’s action on Friday withdrew two key documents: a 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, which …

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15 Members of ‘Third World Quarterly’ Editorial Board Resign

Fifteen scholars on the editorial board of Third World Quarterly have resigned over the publication of a controversial essay, according to the their resignation letter. Their departures leave the journal, which publishes essays from the field of international studies, short nearly half of its editorial board.

The essay is by Bruce Gilley, a political scientist at Portland State University, and is titled “The Case for Colonialism.” It argues that the idea that Western colonialism harmed colonized…

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Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellowship After CIA Chief’s Challenge

Harvard University’s Kennedy School has rescinded a visiting-fellow invitation to Chelsea Manning, according to a statement by Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School.

Ms. Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier, was convicted of leaking classified government data. Her prison sentence was later commuted.

After the university announced that Ms. Manning would be a visiting fellow on the campus, Michael Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, canceled his planned appearance at a K…

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U. of Virginia’s Next President Will Be Harvard Dean

The dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will be the next president of the University of Virginia, The Daily Progress reports. James E. Ryan’s appointment is expected to be approved by UVa’s Board of Visitors at a Friday meeting.

Mr. Ryan, a graduate of and former faculty member at UVa’s School of Law, is expected to take office next summer and succeed Teresa A. Sullivan, the current president.

Mr. Ryan will return to the UVa campus after Charlottesville, Va., made national …

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U. of California Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Decision

Updated (9/8/2017, 6:11 p.m.) with more information about the lawsuit, including comments by Janet Napolitano at a news conference.

The University of California has accused the Trump administration in a lawsuit of violating the university system’s rights, and the rights of its students, by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the university said on Friday in a news release.

The Obama-era program, known as DACA, allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the Unit…

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Board Votes to Ban U. of North Carolina Civil-Rights Center From Litigating Cases

The University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors voted on Friday to ban the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights from litigating cases, the Associated Press reports.

The center performs legal work for minority and low-income groups, and has handled cases involving school desegregation and environmental justice.

Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wrote a letter in July to the board expressing support for the center’s litigation. Board mem…

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Florida State U. President Disputes ‘New York Times’ Article on Favoritism for Athletes

John E. Thrasher, president of Florida State University, on Wednesday issued a statement disputing a New York Times report that the institution had showed academic favoritism to football players, saying the article “misrepresents the university’s actions,” the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Last week the Times quoted a teaching assistant as saying she felt pressure to cut athletes slack in an online hospitality course when they ignored quizzes and homework assignments and even turned in plagiariz…

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Serious Charges Are Dismissed for Penn State Fraternity Members in Pledge’s Death

A judge on Friday dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault against eight Pennsylvania State University fraternity members, who still face various other charges related to the death of Timothy Piazza following an initiation event, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

In May, 18 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity were charged for not helping Mr. Piazza in February after he consumed toxic amounts of alcohol during a fraternity initiation ceremony, and suffered several…