All posts by Nick DeSantis


Occidental College Reaches Deal to Resolve Investigation of Sexual-Assault Cases

Occidental College has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to resolve an investigation into the California campus’s handling of reported sexual violence.

The department said in a news release that the college had voluntarily resolved the inquiry before the federal office, known as OCR, had completed its inquiry.

In its letter of findings, OCR said it had concluded that “the preponderance of the evidence does not support a conclusion that the coll…


Former Basketball Captain Sues Yale Over Expulsion for Alleged Sex Assault

A former captain of Yale University’s men’s basketball team is suing the university in federal court over its decision to expel him in February after he was accused of sexual assault by another student.

The allegations against the player, Jack Montague, became the subject of controversy on the campus and cast a shadow over the team as it was competing in its first NCAA tournament in more than five decades.

Mr. Montague’s lawsuit names the university and two campus officials as defendants. It acc…


Anthropology Group Narrowly Rejects Resolution on Israel Boycott

Members of the American Anthropological Association have narrowly voted to reject a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, Inside Higher Ed has reported.

Fifty-one perfect of the association’s members voted on the resolution, with 2,423 members opposing it and 2,384 supporting it. Last fall a much smaller group of members voted at the association’s annual meeting to support the resolution.

The association said in a news release that its board had approved a series of …


Stanford Says It Did ‘Everything Within Its Power’ in High-Profile Rape Case

Stanford University said on Monday that it had done “everything within its power” in a high-profile rape case involving a former student who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman outside a fraternity party.

The former student, Brock Allen Turner, 20, was charged last year with five felony counts after two graduate students on bicycles found him on top of the woman, who was unconscious. When news of the incident emerged, the case became part of a debate over whether colleges should be forc…


New Monitor Is Chosen to Oversee Former Corinthian Campuses

A new monitor has been selected to oversee the operations of former campuses of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc., after the U.S. Department of Education fired the law firm that had previously served in that role.

The department announced on Friday that the law firm Squire Patton Boggs would be the new monitor of the Zenith Education Group, the nonprofit entity that bought dozens of Corinthian’s campuses following the collapse of the giant for-profit education company.

In March the departm…


Shareholders Approve $1.14-Billion Sale of U. of Phoenix Parent

Shareholders of the parent company of the University of Phoenix on Friday approved a deal to sell the company to a group of private investors for $1.14 billion, The Arizona Republic reported. Investors representing 54 percent of shares of the Apollo Education Group approved the deal. The sale is still subject to approval by several bodies, including the for-profit university’s accrediting agency and the U.S. Department of Education.


U.S. Tells UNC It Violates Federal Law by Following Controversial Bathroom Bill

The U.S. Department of Justice has notified the president of the University of North Carolina system that it is violating federal civil-rights law by following a controversial new state law that has drawn widespread criticism as biased against transgender people.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure into law in March. It was enacted in response to an antidiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that extended protections to gay and transgender people. The state measure, known as…


Acclaimed Author to Leave U. of Utah Post, Citing Soured Contract Talks

The acclaimed writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is leaving a teaching post at the University of Utah and the graduate program in environmental humanities that she helped found there, citing contract talks with the administration that she described as “humiliating,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The newspaper said that Ms. Williams had initially agreed to sign a new contract, which was up for renewal after three years, but that the administration had raised legal-liability conce…


Northwestern Fraternity Group Apologizes for Banners on Sex-Assault Awareness

The leaders of Northwestern University’s Interfraternity Council this week apologized after banners that they had sponsored to raise awareness of sexual assault drew criticism on the Illinois campus, The Daily Northwestern reported.

The banners were hung from the walls of chapter houses and featured statements saying that the fraternity “supports survivors” or “stands against sexual violence.” A third slogan asserted that “this is everyone’s problem.”


Hampshire College Replaces Commencement Speaker After Students Complain

Hampshire College has selected a new speaker for its commencement ceremony after students raised concerns about the college president’s choice, the Springfield Republican reported.

The president, Jonathan Lash, said in a letter to the campus that he had chosen Emily Wong, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, in part because the college had been unable to lure the individuals nominated by the graduating class, and in part because his conversations with her “felt so Hampshire-esque.”