All posts by Heidi Landecker


Chapel Hill Football Player Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

Allen Artis, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, says he is innocent, The News & Observer reports. His encounter with Delaney Robinson, who said she had been raped, was consensual, he told reporters in an interview on Wednesday.

Ms. Robinson, who said the attack took place in February, recently went public with her allegations to express her dismay with the university’s handling of the case. Ms. Robinson says…


Long Island U.-Brooklyn Faculty Members Are Locked Out Over Contract Dispute, Union Says

[Updated (9/3/2016, 5:54 p.m.) with a statement from Long Island University]

Faculty members at Long Island University were locked out of the institution’s Brooklyn campus at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, according to the American Federation of Teachers and the LIU Faculty Federation, which represent full-time and adjunct professors at the university.

The dispute, over a contract that expired on August 31, hinges on a disparity in pay between the faculty at LIU’s Brooklyn campus and at its Post campus…


Student Who Filmed Melissa Click Asks Lawmakers Not to Misuse His Video

Mark Schierbecker, the University of Missouri student who videotaped an assistant professor calling for “some muscle” to keep student journalists from filming a protest, has asked lawmakers to stop using his video, and the incident, as an excuse to cut the university’s budget, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

On November 9 the assistant professor of communication, Melissa A. Click, demanded that student journalists keep away from a student protest over racial inequity on the Columbia campus, …


Judge Orders Texas Tech to Restore Professor’s Post

Texas Tech University must restore the teaching responsibilities of a professor who says his anti-tenure views cost him a deanship and an honorary-professor title, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. James C. Wetherbe had accused the university’s former provost, Robert Smith, of reducing his teaching load and failing to award him the Paul Whitfield Horn Professorship because of his outspoken views against tenure. Judge Ruben Reyes, of the 72nd District Court, ordered Texas Tech officials to a…


UVa Student Bloodied in Controversial Arrest Seeks to Have Charges Dropped

Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old rising senior at the University of Virginia, has asked that charges against him for public intoxication and obstruction of justice be dropped, The Washington Post reports. Cellphone videos of the arrest, which took place in the early hours of March 18, when students were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, showed Mr. Johnson with blood running down his face after Alcohol Beverage Control agents detained him outside an Irish bar. Daniel Watkins, Mr. Martese’s lawyer, sai…


U. of New Hampshire Dismisses Professor Who Altered Colleague’s Teaching Evaluations

An associate professor of Spanish at the University of New Hampshire has been dismissed from his position, according to Initially fired in May 2013, after he admitted having lowered a colleague’s teaching evaluations, the professor, Marco Dorfsman, had been fighting for reinstatement ever since. He won a reprieve when his termination was overturned, in November 2013, by an independent arbitrator, who found that the university lacked just cause to fire him. In January 2014 a N…


Labor Board Reinstates Grad Students’ Union Petitions at Columbia and the New School

The National Labor Relations Board has revived the efforts of graduate students and the United Auto Workers to form unions at Columbia University and the New School, according to Capital New York. The website, which reports on city and state politics, says the board reinstated the groups’ petitions to be recognized after they were denied, on February 6, by the NLRB’s regional director for New York City.

In separate, brief rulings issued on Friday, the board said it was granting the groups at Co…


Harvard Steps Up Security After Email Threatens Students

[Updated, 10/5/2014, 7:57 p.m.] The Harvard University Police Department has increased its weekend presence on the campus after an email threat was sent on Friday to hundreds of people affiliated with the university, including students, and was forwarded to the Harvard Crimson. But a second email, sent on Saturday from the same “” address, issued an apology, saying the first was sent by mistake.

The Crimson said the first email’s racist tone appeared to be directed at Asian students bu…


UCLA Offers Help to Students and Workers Whose Cars Were Damaged in Flood

The University of California at Los Angeles is offering emergency assistance, in the form of interest-free loans, to students and staff whose cars were damaged in a July 29 flood caused by a water-main break. The Los Angeles Times reports that loans of up to $5,000 will be available, and recipients will have two years to pay them back. In addition, a relief fund of more than $55,000—raised through crowfunding—has been established by the UCLA Foundation. Nearly 1,000 cars were damaged in the …


Students, Faculty, and Alumni Challenge Cooper Union in Court

Advocates for the no-tuition policy established by Peter Cooper, founder of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, on Friday asked a state judge in Manhattan to block the institution’s plan to start charging tuition this fall, The New York Times reported. The Committee to Save Cooper Union says the policy was part of the trust the founder established in 1859 and requires court approval to be changed. Lawyers for the trust say that it requires the college only to offer free nigh…