All posts by Katherine Knott


Advocacy Group Says Campus Speech Codes Are Getting Less Restrictive

Free-speech policies at colleges are becoming less restrictive, according to an annual report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

The watchdog group, which pursues cases in defense of free speech on campuses, surveyed college policies and found that 27 of the 449 earned a “green light,” meaning that a policy didn’t infringe on free speech. In last year’s survey, 22 institutions were given green-light ratings.

The report said almost 40 percent of the colleges surveyed had overly…


Moody’s: Colleges Can Expect Another Year of Low Growth in Tuition Revenue

Revenue from tuition at private and public colleges and universities will remain “steady, but tempered” in the 2017 fiscal year, according to a report on an annual tuition survey by Moody’s Investors Service.

More than 250 institutions responded to the survey, and comprehensive private universities projected the strongest growth, at 3 percent.

As in past reports, this year’s report projects overall revenues to increase by about 2 percent and to track closely the rate of inflation. Additionally, …


Associate Athletic Director at Baylor U. Is Charged With Assaulting a Reporter

Baylor University has placed an athletic-department official on leave after he was charged with assaulting a reporter, USA Today reports.

Heath Nielsen, associate athletic director for communications, is accused of assaulting the reporter on November 5, after Baylor lost to Texas Christian University. He is facing a misdemeanor assault charge.

James McBride, a reporter with the Texas Blaze News, told the police he was taking a photo with a Baylor football player when Mr. Nielsen grabbed him by t…


Conservative Students at Michigan Condemn President’s Post-Election Rhetoric

Conservative students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor are speaking out against the public university’s leadership, which they say has fostered a hostile environment for people with their political views, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In a petition dubbed #NotMyCampus, the students single out Mark S. Schlissel, the university’s president, for his remarks at a vigil last week after the election. The event was intended to bring students together. Since Donald J. Trump was elected pre…


Racist Messages Target Black Students at U. of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is investigating what appears to be a cyberattack on its black students, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported.

The university said in a statement that black freshmen had been added to GroupMe accounts filled with racist images and messages, including an invitation to a lynching. The university said the accounts “appeared to be based in Oklahoma.” The police and information-security employees are working to pinpoint the location and to shut down the accounts.

“The accou…


AAUP Warns of Historic Threat to Academic Freedom Posed by Trump

The American Association of University Professors warned in a statement on Wednesday that many college faculty members fear that President-elect Donald J. Trump “may be the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period.”

The organization’s first public statement on the election cited statements made by Mr. Trump and policies he has proposed that it said would threaten academic freedom.

“His remarks about minorities, immigrants, and women have on some campuses had a chilling effec…


Marshall U. President Condemns Tweet That References Sex Assault

Jerome A. Gilbert, president of Marshall University, condemned a student’s tweet that alluded to language used by President-elect Donald J. Trump, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

“As soon as Trump hits 270 electoral votes I am grabbing the first girl I see by the p—-. #MAGA,” read the tweet, which has since been deleted.

Mr. Trump was caught on tape in 2005 describing how he groped women. He has apologized for his comments. Marshall, in Huntington, W.Va., is reviewing the tweet to see if i…


Alabama State U. Board Abruptly Suspends President

The Board of Trustees of Alabama State University has suspended Gwendolyn E. Boyd, the university president, for failing to maintain the confidence of the board, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

“It definitely caught me off guard,” said Ms. Boyd, who began her tenure in February 2014. “It’s not good for the university, but they are the board, and they get to make that decision.”

The board voted 8 to 6 on Friday to place her on administrative leave, effective immediately. A hearing has been sch…


Jury Finds ‘Rolling Stone’ Liable for Defamation of UVa Official

After three days of deliberations, a federal-court jury in Charlottesville, Va., has found that Rolling Stone and its reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, defamed Nicole Eramo, a former associate dean at the University of Virginia, in a since-discredited article about an alleged gang rape, The Washington Post reports.

Ms. Eramo sued the magazine and Ms. Erdely for $7.5 million after it published “A Rape on Campus” in 2014. Ms. Eramo said the 9,000-word article had damaged her reputation by casting he…


U. of Missouri Taps UConn Provost as Next President

Mun Y. Choi, provost of the University of Connecticut, will be the next president of the University of Missouri system, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

Mr. Choi’s introduction, at an event in Jefferson City, Mo., occurred almost a year after the previous president, Timothy M. Wolfe, resigned amid protests over race relations on the flagship campus, in Columbia.

“The incidents that have occurred at the University of Missouri system and MU are not unique to the Columbia campus or Missouri,” Mr…