All posts by Lindsay McKenzie


Journal Apologizes for Article Likening Transracialism to Being Transgender

Updated (5/1/2017, 5:41 p.m.) with online reaction to Ms. Tuvel’s response to the journal’s apology.

The feminist philosophy journal Hypatia has apologized for publishing an article comparing transracialism with being transgender.

In a post on the journal’s Facebook page on Monday, “a majority of the Hypatia’s Board of Associated Editors” signed a lengthy and “profound apology” in which they said that “clearly, the article should not have been published.”

The article, ”In Defense of Transraciali…


Chicago State Settles $4.3-Million Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

Chicago State University has agreed to pay $4.3 million to a former senior counsel who was fired after reporting leadership misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The settlement ends a lengthy legal dispute between the cash-strapped public university and the former employee, James Crowley.

Mr. Crowley says he was dismissed after reporting misconduct by Chicago State’s president at the time. In 2010 he sued the university, which in 2014 was ordered to pay him $2.5 million in damages plus back p…


UT-San Antonio President Steps Down and Apologizes for Making Women ‘Uncomfortable’

Ricardo Romo resigned on Friday as president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, saying he had “been made aware that the manner in which I embraced women made them uncomfortable and was inappropriate.”

In a written statement, Mr. Romo said that he had been informed about the concerns of those women by the system’s chancellor, William H. McRaven, and that he wished to step down in order to “eliminate the possibility of any distraction or disruption of the great work going on at UTSA.” …


75 Nontenure Jobs to Be Cut at U. of Oregon, Faculty Union Says

The University of Oregon is preparing to lay off around 75 members of its nontenured faculty in an effort to save money, according to a report by the The Register-Guard.

The university’s labor union, United Academics, told the newspaper that plans would include 25 cuts from the College of Arts and Science, 25 from the College of Education, and 25 from other departments.

The university is facing an $8.8-million budget shortfall in 2017-18 because of increasing salaries and retirement benefits, th…


Cost of Online Education May Be Higher Than We Think, Study Suggests

A study of the earnings of nearly every person who took postsecondary courses online between 1999 and 2014 finds little evidence that online education saves students or taxpayers money.

While it is often thought that online education saves money, as it requires relatively fewer resources than learning in-person on a campus, a working paper published by Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University, has challenged this view, finding “little support for optimistic prognosticat…


Student Is Suspended for Filming Instructor Who Made Anti-Trump Remarks

Orange Coast College, a community college in California, has suspended a student for filming a faculty member who expressed anti-Trump sentiments in class last year, The Orange County Register reports.

The student, Caleb O’Neil, filmed his psychology instructor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, making comments about President Trump’s election during her human-sexuality class. In the video, Ms. Cox, who has taught at the college for more than 40 years, can be heard voicing concern about antigay sentim…


Lawyer Who Worked on Rape Cases for Stanford Is Dismissed Over Criticism

A lawyer retained by Stanford University to represent students making sexual-assault complaints has been dismissed after telling The New York Times about her frustrations with the university’s process, the newspaper reports.

Crystal Riggins was one of six lawyers that Stanford held on retainer to guide students involved in complaints filed under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX. On January 31, Ms. Riggins received an email saying that her services would no longer be needed followi…


College Republicans at Central Michigan U. Apologize for Anti-Semitic Valentine

The College Republicans at Central Michigan University have apologized after an offensive Valentine’s Day card — featuring a picture of Adolf Hitler and the words “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews” — was handed out at a party hosted by the student group.

In an apology on Wednesday, the College Republicans said that the “very inappropriate card” had been placed in a gift bag for students attending the party “without other members’ knowledge.” The apology said that, “as an organization,…


U. of California Will Pay Student $1.15 Million to Settle Sexual-Assault Suit

The University of California system has agreed to pay $1.15 million to a former student on the Santa Cruz campus who said that she had been raped by a professor, in one of the largest individual settlements of a campus sexual-assault case.

Luz Portillo, the former student, told BuzzFeed News that she was raped by the professor in June 2015, the day before her graduation. She said she immediately reported the assault to the campus office that handles Title IX violations and to the police. Ms. Po…


2 More University Mergers Are Announced in Georgia

Four universities are to become two in the latest round of mergers approved by the University System of Georgia.

The Board of Regents voted on Wednesday to begin the consolidations, the Associated Press reports. The mergers will take effect as early as the fall of 2018.

Armstrong State University, in Savannah, and Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, will merge under the Georgia Southern name, bringing the total number of students at the university to around 27,000. And Abraham Baldwin A…