Category Archives: Governance

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Former Official Sues Southern U. Over Termination

Brandon Dumas, a former vice chancellor at Southern University at Baton Rouge, has sued the Louisiana institution weeks after he was fired, The Advocate reports.

Last month Mr. Dumas, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, was told by Ray L. Belton, Southern’s president and chancellor, that he would be dismissed, effective on August 10. Mr. Belton did not say why Mr. Dumas would be fired, but The Advocate reports he was put on administrative leave a few days after the uni…

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U. of North Carolina Chancellor Criticizes Board’s Proposal to Hamstring Civil-Rights Center

Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has publicly proclaimed her support for an embattled civil-rights center’s ability to pursue litigation, The News & Observer reports.

The university system’s Board of Governors is considering a proposal to prevent the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in any litigation. In the past, the center — which was founded in 2001 by the civil-rights lawyer Julius Chambers — has taken on cases involving …

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Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest

After an internal investigation found conflicts of interest between the provost and her spouse, Texas A&M University at College Station removed the provost and named an interim, The Eagle, a local newspaper, reported on Wednesday.

The office of the provost, Karan L. Watson, who last August announced her intent to step down after seven years in office, was responsible for paying Nancy Watson, her spouse, more than $114,000 during her time in the position. Nancy Watson, who owns a consulting ser…

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Former Baylor U. Regent Referred to Female Students as ‘Perverted Little Tarts’

Updated (7/3/2017, 1:55 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor University.

A former Baylor University regent referred to women whom he suspected of drinking alcohol as “insidious and inbred,” “perverted little tarts,” and “the vilest and most despicable of girls” in an email to a Greek-organization faculty adviser, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

The 2009 emails from the then regent Neal (Buddy) Jones were filed as part of a Title IX lawsuit against the university alleging that Baylor used its alco…

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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…