Category Archives: Students

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Southern Methodist U. Suspends Fraternity for Alleged Hazing

Southern Methodist University has suspended a fraternity that allegedly hazed new members, forcing them to wear clothing that was covered in vomit and paddling them, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In a letter sent to parents of students on Wednesday, the university said it had found evidence that the Beta Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha deprived members of sleep and forced them to eat peppers and onions and drink milk until they vomited, the Morning News reported. The investigation was the…


Justice Dept. Investigates Admissions Practices at Harvard, BuzzFeed News Reports

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating admission practices at Harvard University, BuzzFeed News reports.

In August news broke that the Justice Department was investigating a discrimination complaint over race-conscious admission practices at a university. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request about the case by a government-watchdog group, the department wrote on September 29 that it was exempt from providing the records because doing so could “interfere with enforcement pr…


Penn State Fraternity Is Suspended After Student Is Found Unconscious

Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday suspended the Delta Tau Delta fraternity after a student suspected of drinking there was found unconscious and was hospitalized, according to the Associated Press.

The 18-year-old male student was found unconscious in a State College street by the local police in late September. He is now recovering, said Lisa Powers, a university spokeswoman.

The suspension of Delta Tau Delta followed the death of a freshman, Timothy Piazza, at another fraternity’s in…


Instructors, Did You Ever Cheat When You Were a Student?

Cheating is wrong, right? Well, that’s what we’d like to talk about with you.

If you’re a college instructor, there’s a good chance that you’re now in a position to make or enforce rules about plagiarism and other forms of cheating. But months, years, or decades ago, when you were on the other side of the lectern, did you ever engage in academic misconduct?

Fill out the form below to tell us more. Rest assured that The Chronicle will not publish or otherwise disseminate any information you submi…


Evergreen State College Students Are Penalized for Protests

Evergreen State College has penalized 80 students for breaking the Washington institution’s student-conduct code during protests over racial tensions last spring, The Seattle Times reported.

In the protests students demonstrated against racial inequality on the campus and a faculty member’s criticism of a “Day of Absence,” on which white students were asked to avoid the campus to acknowledge the college’s racial inequity. During the protests some students moved furniture against the doors of the…


Senate Democrats Urge DeVos to Reinstate Obama Guidance on Sexual-Assault Policy

Democratic lawmakers are “extremely disappointed” in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on campus sexual-assault policy, says a letter to her from 32 Senate Democrats.

“Your action on Friday shows a clear lack of concern for the many requests of survivors of sexual assault and members of Congress who have asked you to leave the previous guidance in place,” the senators wrote. Led by Patty Murray, of Washington, they said the new guidance was “already creatin…


National Default Rate for Student Loans Rises, Breaking Streak of Declines

For the first time since 2013, the overall three-year cohort default rate on federal student loans has risen, if ever so slightly, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday.

The percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within the first three years of entering repayment ticked up fractionally, from 11.3 percent to 11.5 percent, for those who began repayment in 2013-14. However, that number is still lower than it was for students who entered repayment in the 2012 fi…


Howard U. Students Protest During James Comey’s Convocation Speech

James Comey, the former FBI director, was met with songs and protest chants at Howard University on Friday as he gave the convocation address, a video on the Politico site shows.

In the video, student protesters can be heard singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” in the back of the auditorium. In an interview, Jaquatte Williams, a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism, said that Mr. Comey could not be heard over the sound of the protesters and that he waited at the podium for the students to stop.


Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives With New Interim Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded two pieces of Obama-era guidance that told colleges how they should handle issues related to campus sexual assault, and has replaced them with new interim guidance, the department announced on Friday.

In a speech this month, the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, announced that the department would begin a process for replacing the Obama-era guidance. The department’s action on Friday withdrew two key documents: a 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, which …


Western Governors U. Might Have to Repay $700 Million in Student Aid

After an audit of Western Governors University, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has concluded the university was ineligible to award financial aid to its students and should return more than $700 million to the government.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

As part of its decision, the office is recommending that the Department of Education require the nonprofit university to return $712,670,616 in federal Title IV financial-aid funds distributed to Western Gove…