Category Archives: Students

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Nation’s Largest Student-Loan Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient, the country’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, for failing borrowers during every stage of repayment, the federal agency said on Wednesday in a news release.

In the lawsuit, which seeks undisclosed damages, the bureau states that Navient violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Navient provided borrowers with b…


In Shift, Education Dept. Will Automatically Forgive Student Loans Incurred at Defunct For-Profit

With one week left before its leadership changes hands, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that it would automatically grant loan-debt relief to former students at the American Career Institute, a defunct for-profit college in Massachusetts. The move is a shift from how the department has so far granted relief to defrauded borrowers, requiring them to apply for it.

The department said in a news release that it would send emails to former students of the institute starting on Tu…


Sacred Heart U. Apologizes for Saying Wrong Man Was a Rape Suspect

Sacred Heart University apologized on Wednesday for distributing the name and photograph of a man wrongfully connected to the off-campus sexual assault of a student.

The Connecticut university’s apology was part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit brought by Gary Douglas, who was accused of the assault in leaflets posted last April around the campus, according to The Connecticut Post. Neither Mr. Douglas’s lawyer nor the university commented on the specifics of the case, except to confirm …


Colleges Are Accused of Using Civics Instruction to Promote Liberal Activism

Colleges can expect to see their civics-education offerings come under fire from conservatives as a result of a report issued on Tuesday by the National Association of Scholars, an advocacy group.

The NAS, which takes a traditionalist view of higher education, argues in its report that a “New Civics” movement in higher education has supplanted objective teaching about the United States’ system of government with efforts to encourage students to engage in liberal or leftist political activism.


Twitter Campaign Urges Betsy DeVos to Make Title IX a Priority

Activists and college students are using Twitter to urge Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for education secretary, to make priorities of combating sexual assault and enforcing Title IX policy.

Ms. DeVos’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11.

Although Ms. DeVos hasn’t shared much of her plans for higher education and her background is mainly in elementary and secondary education, the activists and students fear she may change Title IX policies.

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Talladega College Says Band Will March in Trump’s Inaugural Parade

Despite a fierce backlash, Talladega College said on Thursday that its marching band would appear in President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inaugural parade, the Associated Press reports.

Since the historically black college announced plans for its band to march in the parade, the Alabama institution has faced criticism nationwide. Mr. Trump ran poorly among black voters, winning less than 10 percent of their ballots after a series of racially charged incidents on the campaign trail that have continu…


In Letter to College Presidents, Biden Urges Continued Fight Against Sexual Assault

With just two weeks left in his tenure as vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday released a letter advising college leaders on how to combat sexual assault on their campuses. Mr. Biden, who has been an outspoken advocate of sexual-assault prevention throughout his career, also released a guide that lays out best practices for colleges on the issue.

“As presidents, chancellors, deans, and administrators, you have an obligation to stand up, to speak out, to foster the safest and most incl…


U. of Minnesota Fires Its Football Coach

[Updated (1/4/2017, 10:50 a.m.) with a statement from Mark Coyle, the University of Minnesota's athletics director.]

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has fired its head football coach, Tracy Claeys, the Star Tribune reported on Tuesday.

Mr. Claeys had tweeted his support when the Gophers’ football team boycotted all team activities for two days in December to protest the university’s suspension of 10 players after a campus investigation of a sexual-assault complaint.

The day after the pla…


New York Governor Announces Free-College Plan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans to offer free tuition to state residents whose families earn less than $125,000 a year to attend New York’s public colleges.

In a speech on Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York alongside U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mr. Cuomo described a need to make attending college more attainable and to set a standard for the rest of the country.

Free college was part of Mr. Sanders’s platform during his run for the 2016 Democratic pres…


U.S. Court Reinstates Ban on College’s Mandatory Drug Tests of Students

In the latest ruling in a five-year-old lawsuit, a federal appeals court has reinstated a ban on mandatory drug testing for most students at the State Technical College of Missouri.

The ruling, by a 9-to-2 vote on Thursday of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, overturned a decision by a three-judge panel of the court and restored the original trial judge’s finding that the college’s drug-testing policy was unconstitutional.

The trial judge, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the …