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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…


Student Who Faced Expulsion for Role in Protests Is Allowed to Graduate

The student-body president at the University of Chicago, who had faced the possibility of expulsion over his allowing campus protesters to stage a sit-in, said on Friday that he would be permitted to graduate after all, The New York Times reported.

Tyler Kissinger told the Times that a disciplinary panel had notified him that he would be placed on probation, which would end when he left the university. Mr. Kissinger was the subject of an article this week in the Times that described the charges …


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…