Category Archives: Campus Safety

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White Nationalists’ March at UVa Ends in Violence at Statue of Thomas Jefferson

A rally of white nationalists at the University of Virginia ended in violence on Friday night, with several attendees striking others with their lit torches and the police using pepper spray after declaring an unlawful assembly, The Daily Progress reports. At least one person was arrested.

The rally was part of a weekend of marches organized by Unite the Right, a group composed of white nationalists and other far-right activists. Thousands are expected to descend on Charlottesville, Va., on Satu…

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Northwestern Professor and Oxford Worker, Sought in Killing, Are Taken Into Custody

Updated (8/5/2017, 9:30 a.m.) with news that the two suspects had been arrested.

A Northwestern University professor and an employee of the University of Oxford who were wanted in the murder of a 26-year-old hairstylist surrendered to law-enforcement officials and have been taken into custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was found stabbed to death last week in the apartment of Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern. T…

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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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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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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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Judge Declares Another Mistrial in Fatal Shooting by U. of Cincinnati Officer

After jurors deliberated for nearly 30 hours over five days and reported that they could not reach a verdict, the judge on Friday declared a mistrial for the second time in the case of a University of Cincinnati police officer who was charged with murder after he fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reports.

The officer, Ray Tensing, shot to death Samuel DuBose, 43, in July 2015, after pulling him over for driving without a front license plate.

The univer…

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U. of Oregon Athlete Played a Season While Under Investigation for Sexual Assault

Updated (6/23/2017, 11:14 a.m.) with a statement from the university.

A University of Oregon men’s basketball player, Kavell Bigby-Williams, played the last basketball season while he was under criminal investigation for alleged sexual assault, according to the Daily Emerald, the campus’s student newspaper.

Mr. Bigby-Williams has been under investigation by the campus police of the Northern Wyoming Community College District since September 19, the newspaper said. He is accused of sexually assau…

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Education Dept. Closes Title IX Investigation of Liberty U.

The Education Department’s civil-rights office has closed a Title IX investigation of Liberty University that had been triggered by a sexual-assault claim. The office cited a lack of jurisdiction.

In a letter addressed to President Jerry L. Falwell Jr., Letisha Morgan, a team leader in the Office for Civil Rights, wrote that the office had learned that the person who filed the original complaint was not a student at Liberty and did not have “meaningful and sustained contact” with the institution…

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As New Threat Briefly Closes Evergreen State, Students Rip Legislation That Would Cut Its Funding

Updated (6/5/2017, 6:37 p.m.) with news of the campus’s reopening.

A student-government organization in Washington State on Monday condemned proposed legislation that would strip state funding from Evergreen State College, an institution embroiled in student protests and allegations of racism.

The statement was issued by the Washington Student Association, which represents college students statewide, on the same day that classes at Evergreen were canceled for a third weekday in a row so local l…