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Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Students

[Updated (2/22/2017, 11 p.m.) with additional details.]

The Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidance late Wednesday on the rights of transgender students, to allow the Education and Justice Departments to “further and more completely consider” the controversial issue.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, the departments said they were dropping the earlier guidance, which cited Title IX as the basis for requiring public-school districts to allow transgender students to use restrooms that match t…

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College Board Seeks to Tighten SAT Security Worldwide

The College Board, which owns the SAT, is taking steps to strengthen security following a wave of cheating and test stealing, the Associated Press reports.

In moves that will be formally announced on Wednesday, the New York-based company hopes to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters. Planned reforms include cutting back on the number of international testing dates from six to four, communicating with law-enforcement agencies about people suspected of stealing test materials, and increas…

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Student Is Suspended for Filming Instructor Who Made Anti-Trump Remarks

Orange Coast College, a community college in California, has suspended a student for filming a faculty member who expressed anti-Trump sentiments in class last year, The Orange County Register reports.

The student, Caleb O’Neil, filmed his psychology instructor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, making comments about President Trump’s election during her human-sexuality class. In the video, Ms. Cox, who has taught at the college for more than 40 years, can be heard voicing concern about antigay sentim…

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Stanford U. Says Lawyer Was Not Dismissed Over Criticism

Responding to several news articles about Stanford University’s Title IX cases, the university released a Q&A with Lauren Schoenthaler, senior associate vice provost, about the adjudication process.

On February 9, The New York Times reported that Stanford had dismissed Crystal Riggins, a lawyer who had been hired to help students while they pursued sexual-assault complaints. The Times reported that Ms. Riggins had been fired for criticizing the university’s adjudication process to the newspaper.

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Michigan State Suspends Gymnastics Coach Amid Inquiry Into Former Team Doctor

Michigan State University has suspended Kathie Klages, coach of women’s gymnastics, while the institution investigates alleged sexual assaults involving Larry Nassar, the team’s former doctor, the Lansing State Journal reports.

More than 60 women have reported that Mr. Nassar, who was the team’s physician for nearly 20 years, sexually assaulted them, often during medical appointments. Mr. Nassar has been charged with sexual misconduct as well as charges related to obtaining, possessing, and dest…

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Lawyer Who Worked on Rape Cases for Stanford Is Dismissed Over Criticism

A lawyer retained by Stanford University to represent students making sexual-assault complaints has been dismissed after telling The New York Times about her frustrations with the university’s process, the newspaper reports.

Crystal Riggins was one of six lawyers that Stanford held on retainer to guide students involved in complaints filed under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX. On January 31, Ms. Riggins received an email saying that her services would no longer be needed followi…

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College Republicans at Central Michigan U. Apologize for Anti-Semitic Valentine

The College Republicans at Central Michigan University have apologized after an offensive Valentine’s Day card — featuring a picture of Adolf Hitler and the words “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews” — was handed out at a party hosted by the student group.

In an apology on Wednesday, the College Republicans said that the “very inappropriate card” had been placed in a gift bag for students attending the party “without other members’ knowledge.” The apology said that, “as an organization,…

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U. of Michigan Says Racist Emails, Purportedly From Professor, Were Forged

Racist and anti-Semitic emails sent to students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on Tuesday, purportedly from a computer-science professor, are forgeries, the Associated Press reports.

The forged emails appeared to come from J. Alex Halderman, a computer-security and privacy expert, and a vocal advocate of recounts in several states following the election of President Trump. According to the AP, it is unknown whether Mr. Halderman was a target as a result of his advocacy.

In response t…

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Big 12 Conference Withholds Funds From Baylor U. Over Title IX Scandal

The Big 12 Conference will withhold 25 percent of future revenue distributions from Baylor University “until the proper execution of controls” over its scandal-plagued athletics program “is independently verified.”

“The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX,” David L. Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and chair…

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Berkeley Cancels a Talk by Milo Yiannopoulos as Violent Protests Break Out

The right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to wind up a college speaking tour at the University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday night, but as protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows, and started fires outside the speaking venue, campus officials canceled the event before it began, citing safety concerns.

Berkeley had anticipated protests against the conservative speaker, according to reports by the Associated Press, The Mercury News, and other news outlets. On Wednes…