Category Archives: Administration

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Black Student’s Stabbing Death at U. of Maryland Is Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

A 23-year-old black student due to graduate this month was fatally stabbed over the weekend while visiting the University of Maryland at College Park, and now his death is being investigated as a possible hate crime, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The university police said on Sunday that Sean Urbanski — the University of Maryland student arrested in connection with the death of Richard W. Collins III — was part of a Facebook group known as “Alt-Reich Nation,” the newspaper reported. Mr. Urbanski ha…

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U. of Maine Approves a Restructuring of Its Presque Isle Campus

Trustees of the University of Maine system took another step on Sunday toward streamlining operations and reducing costs by approving a reorganization of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the Portland Press Herald reports.

The campus, like many regional public institutions across the country, has seen enrollment shrink and has struggled to close budget gaps in recent years. With about 1,300 students, Presque Isle is the second-smallest campus in the Maine system. Under the reorganization,…

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Coastal Carolina U. Ends Investigation of Prostitution Allegations Against Cheerleaders

Updated (5/19/2017, 3:45 p.m.) with comment from a lawyer for some members of the team.

Cheerleading will be back next school year at Coastal Carolina University following the team’s suspension tied to allegations of prostitution.

That assertion stemmed from an anonymous letter writer who, in a message to the university, said members of the cheerleading team were “prostituting themselves.” In the course of a university investigation, police officers found that some of the young women had be…

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Yale Dean Is Suspended in Connection With Offensive Yelp Reviews

Yale University on Thursday suspended one of its deans in connection with a series of classist and sometimes racially charged reviews on the website Yelp, the Associated Press reports.

June Chu, the suspended administrator, didn’t immediately return calls or comments to the Associated Press on Thursday. Ms. Chu, dean of Pierson College, fell under scrutiny after the Yale Daily News reported she had used the crowdsourcing website to take shots at restaurants and businesses around New Haven, Conn.

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Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Nashville State Community College maintains such an oppressive climate for its faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Nashville State’s executives sought to surreptitiously identify which faculty members were being confidentially interviewed by investigators from Middle Tennessee State University. Several administrators, including George H. Van Allen, the college’s presid…

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Caltech Students Protest Return of Professor From Suspension

A professor at the California Institute of Technology who was suspended for allegedly harassing his graduate students was back on the campus this month, prompting dozens of students to protest on Tuesday afternoon, reports BuzzFeed.

Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics, had returned to the campus to observe a student’s thesis defense. The news website reports that dozens of students sat in silence in the astronomy department, and one carried a sign that declared, “To suppor…

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Mills College Declares Financial Emergency and May Cut 30 to 35 Jobs

Mills College, a liberal-arts institution for women in Oakland, Calif., declared a financial emergency on Tuesday as a first step toward dealing with financial challenges, including a projected $9.1-million deficit in the coming fiscal year.

In a news release and in a statement emailed to faculty, staff, and students on Tuesday afternoon, the college described the Board of Trustees’ approval of the declaration of emergency as a step that authorizes Mills to restructure all of its expenses in p…

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Faculty and Students Assail Texas A&M President’s Criticism of Professor

Faculty members, students, and others at Texas A&M University at College Station are pushing back against its president’s criticism of what a philosophy professor said were his remarks taken out of context by a conservative critic.

Several graduate students have started an online petition in which they denounce a statement by the president, Michael K. Young, as “incredibly irresponsible.” By Friday morning, roughly 300 people had signed the petition in support of Tommy Curry, an associate pr…

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U. of California President’s Office Faces New Scrutiny After Scathing Audit

The fallout continues for Janet Napolitano, president of the 10-campus University of California system, following a scathing state-audit report that accused her office of hiding tens of millions of dollars in secret reserve funds and of tampering with what were supposed to be confidential responses from the campuses in a survey the auditor sent to them.

According to The Mercury News, the university’s Board of Regents agreed during a special meeting on Thursday to hire an independent consultant…

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Bethune-Cookman U. Says Only 20 Students Protested DeVos’s Speech

Bethune-Cookman University officials claimed on Thursday that only 20 students protested a commencement speech delivered by Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, according to a news release first reported by HBCU Digest. Witnesses who were there, including this reporter, saw more than half of the graduates stand and turn their backs in opposition as Ms. DeVos began her address on Wednesday.

“Secretary DeVos delivered the commencement address as 20 students expressed their freedom of protest duri…