Category Archives: Governance

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U. of Missouri Rescinds Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree, Joining Over 20 Colleges

The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators voted unanimously on Friday to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree from the flagship Columbia campus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The system’s president, Mun Y. Choi, had recommended that Mr. Cosby, a 79-year-old actor, relinquish his Doctor of Humane Letters degree, awarded in 1999, after his trial for aggravated indecent assault ended on Saturday in a mistrial.

The board’s decision added Missouri to the list of more than 20 other colleg…

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Baylor’s Former Leader Said Its Failure on Sexual Violence Was Not ‘Fundamental’

Updated (6/15/2017, 4:01 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor.

David E. Garland, the former interim president of Baylor University, said in a deposition last month that the institution had not exhibited a “fundamental failure” on sexual assault, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

In the deposition, which was conducted as part of a Title IX lawsuit that the university is facing, Mr. Garland, who stepped down this month, said that he didn’t know why the university’s former president, Kenneth W. Starr,…

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U. of Colorado Chancellor Is Suspended After Domestic-Violence Probe of Assistant Coach

The chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Philip P. DiStefano, was handed a 10-day suspension without pay on Monday as part of an investigation into allegations of domestic violence against a former assistant football coach, Joe Tumpkin. The Daily Camera reports that the university system’s Board of Regents also announced that the athletics director, Rick George, and the head football coach, Mike MacIntyre, would each make a $100,000 donation to an organization that combats domest…

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Baylor’s Provost Steps Down After Only One Year

Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost, L. Gregory Jones, is leaving after only one year in office, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

Baylor has been embroiled in controversy over how it responded to reports of sexual assault on the Texas campus, and Mr. Jones was a part of its response to the issue, heading a task force on spiritual life and character cultivation. The provost took office last May, just 10 days before Baylor’s Board of Regents released findings that recognized t…

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As New Threat Briefly Closes Evergreen State, Students Rip Legislation That Would Cut Its Funding

Updated (6/5/2017, 6:37 p.m.) with news of the campus’s reopening.

A student-government organization in Washington State on Monday condemned proposed legislation that would strip state funding from Evergreen State College, an institution embroiled in student protests and allegations of racism.

The statement was issued by the Washington Student Association, which represents college students statewide, on the same day that classes at Evergreen were canceled for a third weekday in a row so local l…

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Graham Spanier, 2 Other Ex-Penn State Officials Get Jail Time in Sandusky Case

The former president of Pennsylvania State University and two other campus administrators were sentenced on Friday to jail time for failing to protect the welfare of children who were sexually assaulted by the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Penn Live reports.

Graham B. Spanier, the former president, was sentenced to four to 12 months, with two months in jail and two under house arrest, $7,500 in fines, two years’ probation, and 200 hours of community service. He, the former athl…

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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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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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Faculty Votes No Confidence in President of Cal State San Bernardino

Following a heated debate on Tuesday, the Faculty Senate at California State University at San Bernardino voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Tomás D. Morales.

The Press-Enterprise reported that the measure passed, 21 to 15, following an hourlong discussion about what some faculty members viewed as a toxic campus climate and complaints over shared governance. Tensions have built for some time on the San Bernardino campus, where last year faculty members were planning a work stopp…

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Purdue’s Faculty Senate Seeks to Rescind Kaplan Deal

Saying Purdue University’s purchase of Kaplan University violated “both common-sense educational practice and respect for the Purdue faculty,” the university’s Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to ask Purdue’s leaders to reconsider the deal.

Following a two-hour meeting, the Senate voted, 46 to 8 with one abstention, on a resolution calling on the president and Board of Trustees “to rescind any decisions, to the degree possible, made without faculty input.” The vote came just one …