Category Archives: Students

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National Default Rate on Student Loans Declines for Third Straight Year

The overall three-year cohort default rate on federal student loans dropped in newly released data, marking the third straight year the rate has fallen, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday.

The percentage of borrowers who defaulted on federal loans within three years of entering repayment dropped from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent for those who started repayment between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.

Colleges with high default rates may lose their access to federal student ai…


Mizzou Chancellor Is ‘Outraged’ After Black Students Report Racist Incident

[Updated (9/28/2016, 4:47 p.m.) with news that the fraternity was suspended.]

Two black students at the University of Missouri at Columbia say they were verbally assaulted outside a fraternity house late Tuesday night when students yelled racial slurs and obscenities at them, according to a statement by the university’s Legion of Black Collegians.

University officials announced on Wednesday afternoon that the fraternity involved, Delta Upsilon, had been temporarily suspended. In the statement,…


Chapel Hill Football Player Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

Allen Artis, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, says he is innocent, The News & Observer reports. His encounter with Delaney Robinson, who said she had been raped, was consensual, he told reporters in an interview on Wednesday.

Ms. Robinson, who said the attack took place in February, recently went public with her allegations to express her dismay with the university’s handling of the case. Ms. Robinson says…


Chicago State U. Enrolls Just 86 Freshmen This Fall

Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall semester, and its undergraduate enrollment has dropped by 32 percent over the past year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university now has 3,578 students, and total enrollment is down by a quarter. This is just one of the many concerns for the struggling public university.

Just this month its president, Thomas J. Calhoun Jr., was let go after only nine months at the helm.

Chicago State has struggled to make it through the Illinois bu…


Nebraska Athlete Describes Bitter Online Reaction to Kneeling for National Anthem

[Updated (9/28/2016, 12:12 a.m.) with additional comment.]

Michael Rose-Ivey and a few of his football teammates at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln took a knee on Saturday during the playing of the national anthem. For that, some fans said they should be hanged before the next game, he said on Monday at a news conference.

“People want athletes like DaiShon [Neal], Mohamed [Barry], and myself to remain silent and just play football,” said Mr. Rose-Ivey, a linebacker who is a senior. “Howeve…


U. of Michigan Denounces Racist Fliers in Campus Buildings

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor condemned racist fliers found in two campus buildings on Monday, calling their message “inconsistent with the university’s values of respect, civility, and equality” in a statement.

According to the Detroit Free Press, a student found and removed the fliers on Monday morning. The university’s Black Student Union also tweeted a picture of two fliers:


U. of North Dakota’s President Denounces Racist Snapchat Posts

The University of North Dakota’s president pledged to take action after two racist photographs circulated on Snapchat within 48 hours of each other, The Forum reported.

The first photo showed three white people smiling while wearing university apparel in what appeared to be a residence hall. The photo was posted with the caption, “Locked the black b**** out.” The second showed four white women in blackface, with a caption that read, “Black lives matter.”

Mark R. Kennedy, North Dakota’s preside…


U. of Mississippi Students Stage Sit-In Over Racist Social-Media Post

About 60 University of Mississippi students are staging a sit-in at the campus’s administrative building to criticize the university’s response to a social-media post advocating the lynching of protesters in Charlotte, N.C., The Clarion-Ledger reported on Friday.

Angry protests have occurred nightly in Charlotte since Keith L. Scott was shot to death by the police on Tuesday.

The university’s chancellor, Jeffrey S. Vitter, condemned the post, which came from a student’s account, and the student-…


Justice Dept. and Wheaton College (Mass.) Settle Sex-Assault Case

The U.S. Department of Justice has found that Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, fell short of Title IX’s requirements in its response to a report of sexual assault, the department said in a resolution agreement.

The department began an investigation in August 2015 after receiving a complaint about the college’s handling of the case. The investigation found, among other things, that:

  • Individuals at the college responsible for investigating and adjudicating sexual-misconduct complaints did not u…

HBCU Students Trust the Media Less Than Other College Students, Survey Finds

Seventy-three percent of students at historically black colleges and universities do not trust the news media to accurately report the news, according to the results of a survey released on Thursday.

The survey also found that 56 percent of HBCU students believe that student protesters should be able to prevent reporters from covering campus demonstrations. Nationally, only 28 percent of college students said the same.

Conducted by Gallup, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the News…