Category Archives: Students

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U. of New Mexico Fires Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Cristobal Valencia, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, has been fired after he was accused of sexually harassing students, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Mr. Valencia’s half-year-long case took several turns. He was suspended and then censured as a result of a university investigation. When new complaints were filed, in August, the university suspended him with pay.

Chaouki Abdallah, the university’s provost, said in a written statement that he had “conclud…


Education Dept. Opens Title IX Investigation at Baylor

After months of controversy surrounding Baylor University’s handling of sexual-violence cases, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that it had opened a Title IX investigation there.

Dorie Nolt, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement emailed to reporters that the office, known as OCR, had opened the investigation “after receiving a complaint from the former Baylor Title IX coordinator.” The coordinator, Patty Crawford, went on national television this m…


One-Third of Low-Income Student Borrowers Who Rehabbed Loans Could Default Again

[Updated (10/17/2016, 11:45 p.m.) with additional information and editing changes.]

One in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have “cured” a loan in default in the past year are likely to default again, according to a report released on Monday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The federal agency’s student-loan ombudsman’s latest annual report highlights complaints the bureau has received from the “most economically distressed” borrowers about the transition from de…


Education Dept. Settles With DeVry Over Job-Placement Claims

The U.S. Department of Education has settled with DeVry University, a subsidiary of the for-profit DeVry Education Group, after the institution put unsubstantiated job-placement claims in its recruitment materials, the department announced in a news release on Thursday.

In 2015, DeVry could not provide data or further information on the assertion that since 1975, 90 percent of graduates had found jobs in their field within six months of graduation, the release said. According to federal law, ins…


Kennesaw State Names Controversial Politician as President Without National Search

Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general, was named on Wednesday as president of Kennesaw State University by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, according to a university news release.

In a rare move, Mr. Olens was selected without a national search to fill the position, a point of conflict for many faculty members who regarded his appointment as a threat to shared governance. Students have also taken issue with Mr. Olens because of his defense of Georgia’s ban on gay marriage.



Wesley College Violated Title IX Rights of Accused Students, Education Dept. Says

[Updated (10/12/2016, 4:10 p.m.) with a statement from the college.]

Wesley College, in Delaware, violated the gender-equity law known as Title IX by denying students accused of sexual violence a fair disciplinary process, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced on Wednesday.

The office, known as OCR, began its investigation after an accused student filed a complaint saying the college had not fully investigated a sexual-misconduct report against him. The complaint s…


In Memo, NLRB Told Northwestern Its Restrictions on Football Players Were ‘Unlawful’

Northwestern University has softened rules that policed its football players’ social-media accounts and media appearances and prohibited athletes from talking about their health. But before it did so, the National Labor Relations Board had advised the university that those policies were unlawful, ESPN reported.

An associate general counsel for the NLRB wrote in an advice memorandum, which was obtained by ESPN through a Freedom of Information Act request, that some of Northwestern’s team rules we…


Virginia Lecturer Is On Leave After Comparing Black Lives Matter to the Klan

An adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia has agreed to take a leave after comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan on social media, The Daily Progress reported.

The comment was posted on Facebook last week by Douglas Muir, a lecturer in the department of engineering and society, in response to a post about a speakers’ series at a local theater. Mr. Muir wrote that Black Lives Matter “is the biggest rasist organisation since the clan. Are you kidding me. Disgusti…


InterVarsity to Fire Employees Who Support Gay Marriage

An evangelical organization with chapters on 667 college campuses has told its 1,300 staff members they will be fired if they support gay marriage, according to Time magazine.

Staff members who disagree with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA’s stances on marriage and sex — which oppose divorce, sex before marriage, and homosexuality — have been asked to identify themselves for “involuntary terminations” starting in November.

“Our goal is not to go, ‘Oh, we want you to do the dirty work o…


U. of New Haven Decides Not to Invite Milwaukee Sheriff to Speak

David A. Clark, sheriff of Milwaukee County, says the University of New Haven has withdrawn its invitation for him to speak at a conference there. He says it was because of his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Connecticut university says that it had not reached an agreement for him to speak, and that the reason had to do with finances, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The university said in a Facebook post that it could not accommodate his requests, which included first-c…