All posts by Heidi Landecker


Colleges Announce Closings as Harvey Pounds Texas Coast

Hurricane Harvey is now downgraded to a tropical storm, but colleges in the Houston-Galveston area have canceled classes at least through Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Baylor College’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work is closed on Monday. The University of Houston, including its Katy and Sugar Land campuses, will remain closed through Wednesday, but dorms are open for the 2,000 to 8,000 campus residents expected to remain through the storm. The university’s downtown campus is…


AmeriCorps Joins NEH and NEA Among Programs Trump May Cut

A list of programs that could be cut in the Trump administration’s forthcoming budget includes not only the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, but AmeriCorps, The New York Times reports.

Although the aim of the cuts is to trim domestic spending, most of the targeted programs cost less than $500 million per year, a drop in the bucket for a government whose spending is likely to exceed $4 trillion. The previously reported cuts in the NEA and NEH generate…


Harvard Places Men’s Cross-Country Team on ‘Athletic Probation’

The athletics department at Harvard University has placed the men’s cross-country team on “athletic probation,” according to The Boston Globe, but what that means, exactly, isn’t clear.

The probation stems from a spreadsheet the team created about the women’s cross-country team. The document came to light after members of Harvard’s women’s soccer team decried a lewd ranking of them made by the male team in their sport. The cross-country men’s spreadsheet included comments about the cross-country…


Student Is Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of U. of Southern California Professor

[Updated (12/3/2016, 1:40 p.m.) to include further details about the suspect.]

A graduate student has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. The professor, Bosco Tjan, was stabbed multiple times in the campus’s Seeley G. Mudd building on Friday afternoon. Mr. Tjan was a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. He joined the USC faculty in 2001.

In a message to the campus, P…


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…