Category Archives: Students

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U. of Southern California Says It Will Fire Puliafito

The University of Southern California, reacting to reports of “egregious behavior” by Carmen A. Puliafito, a former dean of the medical school, told the faculty on Friday that the university would begin steps to strip him of tenure and dismiss him from the faculty, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The newspaper reported earlier this week that Dr. Puliafito, who stepped down as dean last year, had led a secret life of illicit drug use and partying with other drug users and prostitutes. He has since…

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Groups Call on Civil-Rights Official to Reject ‘90 Percent’ Statement on Campus-Rape Cases

More than 50 groups have signed a letter demanding that Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, reject a statement she made this month in a New York Times interview. Ms. Jackson told the newspaper that “90 percent” of campus sexual-assault accusations resulted from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter. Ms. Jackson has since apologized, calling the remarks “flippant.”

In the letter the National Women’s Law Center, joined by other…

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U. of Central Florida Student Says He Was Suspended for Viral Tweet of Ex’s Apology

A University of Central Florida student who tweeted his ex-girlfriend’s apology letter after a breakup, which he graded in red ink like a school paper, has been suspended, reported WFTV 9, a local ABC affiliate.

Nick Lutz posted the letter months ago, and it has been retweeted more than 121,000 times and liked more than 337,000 times. But Mr. Lutz and his lawyer, Jacob Stuart Jr., told WFTV 9 that even though the ex-girlfriend is not a UCF student, Mr. Lutz was placed on two semesters of suspens…

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Key Democrat Calls for DeVos to Remove Top Civil-Rights Official

Updated (7/17/2017, 6:53 p.m.) with statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, is calling for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove Candice E. Jackson as the top civil-rights official in the Education Department after her “callous” comments on campus sexual assault.

“In the three months she has been acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson’s words and actions have made it clear wh…

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Iran Sentences Princeton Ph.D. Student to 10 Years in Prison

A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University who was doing research in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the United States, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The student, Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, disappeared months ago on a field trip to Iran. His arrest and conviction were only now officially made known by the Iranian judiciary.

A spokesman for Princeton said the university had already been aware of the arrest and had been work…

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Civil-Rights Official Apologizes for Saying 90% of Campus Rape Cases Stem From Regret

Updated (7/12/2017, 7:06 p.m.) with Ms. Jackson’s statement apologizing for her comments.

Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, apologized late Wednesday for telling The New York Times, in an article published earlier in the day, that “90 percent” of accusations of sexual assault on colleges campuses stemmed from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter.

In a statement released by the department, Ms. Jackson said: “As a survivor o…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Texas Campus-Carry Law

A lawsuit filed last year by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin that sought to reverse the state’s controversial campus-carry law has been dismissed by a federal judge, The Texas Tribune reports.

Lee Yeakel, the judge presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, wrote that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, a professor of sociology; Lisa L. Moore, a professor of English; and Mia Carter, an associate professor of English — di…

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Maryland Limits Scholarship Displacement by Public Colleges

A new Maryland law limits the ways that public colleges can decrease financial aid, a practice referred to as scholarship displacement, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The law, which took effect on July 1, places limits on when a college can reduce its own financial aid. Institutions can do so when a student’s aid exceeds the cost of college if colleges get permission from a scholarship provider.

A student who gets a private scholarship after receiving financial aid from a college must report the sch…

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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 California System Changes How It Responds to Sexual Harassment and Violence

The University of California system has new policies to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty and staff members, the university announced in a news release on Thursday. Changes will be in place systemwide by September 1.

The changes include a clear timeline for completing investigations; chancellor or chancellor-designee approval of discipline proposed for a staff member’s supervisors; and informing complainants, as well as respondents, of all outcomes.

In the news release, Kath…