All posts by Sarah Brown


After a Student Dies, Penn State Bans a Fraternity and Liquor at All Greek Houses

Pennsylvania State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity after a student died, and announced a sweeping set of measures designed to crack down on what officials described as “growing evidence of problems” related to hazing, alcohol abuse, and drug use in Greek life. The actions included a ban on hard liquor at all fraternities.

The university shut down Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity where Timothy Piazza, 19, fell down a set of stairs last month and died the next morning. Damon S…


Yale Will Rename Calhoun College for Adm. Grace Hopper

Ten months ago, Yale University officials declined to rename the residential college named for John C. Calhoun, a 19th-century Yale graduate who became a U.S. senator from South Carolina, vice president, and a prominent defender of slavery. But on Saturday, in a reversal, the university announced that the college will be renamed for Grace Murray Hopper, a renowned computer scientist and Navy admiral who received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale in the 1930s.

The decision was made Friday b…


Yale Sets Guidelines on Renaming Campus Buildings

Seven months after Yale University announced that John C. Calhoun’s name would not be removed from a campus residential college, sparking protests among many students, officials said on Friday that the institution had adopted a detailed set of guidelines for deciding whether to rename campus buildings.

Three “advisers” will now use the guidelines to reconsider the Calhoun College name, which critics say honors a man who championed slavery. The advisers are G. Leonard Baker, a 1964 alumnus; …


Brigham Young Will Grant Disciplinary Amnesty to Sexual-Assault Victims

Brigham Young University will grant amnesty from violations of its Honor Code to students who report sexual assaults, officials announced on Wednesday. The decision came after a committee of four administrators and faculty members conducted a monthslong review into the Mormon university’s sexual-assault policies.

BYU attracted widespread attention in April after several students said the university had started investigating them for potential Honor Code violations shortly after they reported bei…


U. of Wisconsin Spent $24 Million on Faculty Retention After Perceived Threats to Tenure

After a difficult year for higher education in Wisconsin, including what many academics saw as a clear threat to tenure, the University of Wisconsin at Madison spent a total of $23.6 million on faculty retention. Twenty-nine professors rejected counteroffers and left the flagship campus during the 2016 fiscal year, while 111 who entertained outside job offers were retained.

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, the provost, said Madison had a 77-percent retention rate over all, slightly higher than the universi…


Bill in Congress Would Use Research Funds to Curb Sex Harassment in Academe

Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat of California, plans to introduce a bill on Thursday that would target sexual harassment in academe through the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and dozens of other federal agencies that award lucrative research and development grants.

The legislation states that, if a research professor is found responsible for violating a college’s sex-harassment policy, the college would be required to report the finding to all federal agencies t…


Marist College Is Criticized for Agreeing to Play Duke U. Despite Controversial ‘Bathroom’ Bill

[Updated (8/19/2016, 4:09 p.m.) with additional comments from the college.

In November, the men’s basketball team at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will face off against Duke University in a nonconference matchup as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff. It’s a rare opportunity for the private institution to play on national television in Durham’s famous Cameron Indoor Stadium, against a star opponent.

But the college’s decision to participate in the game — rep…


Brigham Young Is Under Title IX Investigation, University Says

Four months after Brigham Young University came under widespread scrutiny for its handling of sexual-assault cases, the federal government has started investigating the Mormon institution for possible violations of Title IX, the federal gender-equity law.

BYU has joined a list of more than 200 institutions under Title IX investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. University officials said late Monday that the department had informed them of the probe last week.


Spelman College Is Accused of Inaction After Anonymous Report of Gang Rape

Nearly three months after a report of a gang rape of a Spelman College student sparked demonstrations and a social-media firestorm, the anonymous Twitter user who identified herself as the victim of that assault says that Spelman officials have not met with her or taken any action.

In May, after the alleged victim described being raped by four male students from neighboring Morehouse College at an off-campus party during her freshman year, Spelman’s president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, pledged “a…


CUNY’s Faculty Union Votes to Authorize Strike

The City University of New York’s faculty union has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike as a five-year standoff over a contract drags on.

More than 10,000 unionized faculty and staff members participated in the vote, and 92 percent voted in favor of the strike authorization, the union announced on Thursday. They don’t plan to strike during this academic year, said Barbara Bowen, the union’s president and a professor of English at CUNY’s Queens College, but might do so in the fall if…