All posts by Nick DeSantis


Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Overtime-Pay Rule

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Obama administration’s effort to extend overtime pay to millions more workers, after 21 states and dozens of business groups asserted that the rule was unlawful and would cause them irreparable harm.

Judge Amos L. Mazzant III of the U.S. District Court in Sherman, Tex., concluded that the U.S. Department of Labor had exceeded its authority and ignored the intent of Congress in issuing the rule, which had been scheduled to take effect on December 1….


Education Dept. Opens Title IX Investigation at Baylor

After months of controversy surrounding Baylor University’s handling of sexual-violence cases, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that it had opened a Title IX investigation there.

Dorie Nolt, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement emailed to reporters that the office, known as OCR, had opened the investigation “after receiving a complaint from the former Baylor Title IX coordinator.” The coordinator, Patty Crawford, went on national television this m…


Supreme Court Won’t Hear O’Bannon Fight Over NCAA’s Amateurism Model

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear two related cases in a legal fight over the NCAA’s amateurism model and compensation for college athletes.

Last year a federal appeals court upheld a judge’s finding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association had violated antitrust law, but rejected the portion of the ruling that said colleges should be allowed to pay players up to $5,000 a year for the use of their names and likenesses.

The plaintiff in the case was Edward C. O’Bannon J…


U. of North Dakota’s President Denounces Racist Snapchat Posts

The University of North Dakota’s president pledged to take action after two racist photographs circulated on Snapchat within 48 hours of each other, The Forum reported.

The first photo showed three white people smiling while wearing university apparel in what appeared to be a residence hall. The photo was posted with the caption, “Locked the black b**** out.” The second showed four white women in blackface, with a caption that read, “Black lives matter.”

Mark R. Kennedy, North Dakota’s preside…


UC-Berkeley’s Chancellor Will Resign

Nicholas B. Dirks will resign as chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, the university announced Tuesday evening. He will step down after his successor has taken office.

Mr. Dirks, 66, has confronted an array of controversies since becoming chancellor three years ago. Most prominently, the California flagship has been accused of not doing enough to deal with professors accused of sexual harassment. In March the UC system’s president, Janet Napolitano, told chancellors that they …


Calif. Lawmaker Drops Key Provision From Bill That Angered Religious Colleges

A state senator in California has dropped a key provision from a bill he had introduced that drew the ire of many religious colleges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, said that he decided to remove a provision that would have allowed gay and transgender students to sue their colleges more easily if they had been disciplined for conduct that violated church teachings, according to the newspaper. Senator Lara said he would pursue an amended version of the bill, which…


Monmouth U. Will Keep Woodrow Wilson’s Name on Campus Building

Monmouth University has decided to keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on a campus building that honors him, following discussions on the New Jersey campus of his segregationist views, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The university said in a written statement that its board had required that “significant steps” be taken to foster a “comprehensive and balanced understanding” of the former president’s legacy.

“Moving forward,” the university said, “the board charged the administration with sharing a more c…


Supreme Court Upholds Use of Race-Conscious Admissions at U. of Texas

[Updated (6/23/2016, 12:42 p.m.) with reactions.]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, putting an apparent end to one of the most closely watched cases in higher education.

Read the opinion.

The plaintiff in the case, Abigail N. Fisher, had accused the Austin campus in 2008 of discriminating against her after she was denied admission. She subsequently graduated from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

The 4-to-3…


CUNY and Faculty Union Reach Tentative Deal to End Long Labor Fight

The City University of New York and its faculty union have reached a tentative agreement that would end a longstanding labor dispute, the parties announced on Thursday.

The union, known as the Professional Staff Congress, said in a news release that the proposed agreement “provides 10.41 percent in compounded salary increases over a period of slightly more than seven years, from October 20, 2010, through November 30, 2017.” The union said its members had not seen raises in more than six years.



Brown Mackie College Will Close 22 Campuses

The parent company of the for-profit Brown Mackie College said on Friday that it would close 22 of the college’s 26 campuses around the country, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Bob Greenlee, a spokesman for the Education Management Corporation, told the newspaper that the decision to stop enrolling new students and wind down operations at the campuses related to “regional and student demand.”

Last year Education Management reached a $95.5-million settlement with the federal government and whistl…