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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…


Education Dept. Clarifies Rule Governing Online Courses

The Education Department on Thursday clarified a key piece of a new distance-education regulation, making it clearer that the reciprocity agreement known as SARA, under which more than 1,300 colleges have already been approved to offer online courses across state lines, would satisfy the new regulation.

The clarification removes the question mark over the legality of those colleges’ programs.

In a blog post about the department’s action, Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at the WI…


Twitter Campaign Urges Betsy DeVos to Make Title IX a Priority

Activists and college students are using Twitter to urge Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for education secretary, to make priorities of combating sexual assault and enforcing Title IX policy.

Ms. DeVos’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11.

Although Ms. DeVos hasn’t shared much of her plans for higher education and her background is mainly in elementary and secondary education, the activists and students fear she may change Title IX policies.

End Ra…


Twin Surprises at Suffolk U.: an Extra Paycheck and a Demand to Return It

[Updated (1/6/2017, 4:28 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

Some employees at Suffolk University were surprised on Thursday to see an extra paycheck in their bank accounts, The Boston Globe reports, and still more surprised over the university’s insistence that they return the money.

In an internal email obtained by the Globe, the Massachusetts college said that a vendor had mistakenly deposited the funds during a test of a new payroll system. When faculty members saw the unexpected nu…


Drexel Calls Professor’s Controversial Tweets Protected Speech

Drexel University on Thursday called a professor’s controversial social-media remarks “protected speech,” after the professor sparked an uproar online by tweeting that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, drew harsh criticism over the tweet, which he posted on Christmas Eve. He followed up the post with another that stated, “To clarify: When the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that wa…


Princeton Cancels Men’s Swimming and Diving Season Over Offensive Emails

Princeton University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the rest of the season after finding “vulgar and offensive” content on the team’s email list, according to a university news release.

Earlier this month, the university discovered emails that were described as “misogynistic and racist” and the team was suspended pending a decision about the meets left in its schedule.

Now the team will not participate in meets scheduled in January and February, and will not attend the Ivy …


U. of Oklahoma Investigates Student’s Ties to Racist Messages at Penn

The University of Oklahoma said on Friday evening that it had temporarily suspended a student while investigating whether he was involved in using a group-messaging app to send a series of racist text messages to black students at the University of Pennsylvania.

The messages — which Penn officials called “violent, racist, and thoroughly disgusting” and which included an invitation to a lynching — were sent to black freshmen at Penn though GroupMe, an app that allows users to include others in …


Racist Messages Target Black Students at U. of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is investigating what appears to be a cyberattack on its black students, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported.

The university said in a statement that black freshmen had been added to GroupMe accounts filled with racist images and messages, including an invitation to a lynching. The university said the accounts “appeared to be based in Oklahoma.” The police and information-security employees are working to pinpoint the location and to shut down the accounts.

“The accou…


8 Political Scientists to Follow on Twitter for Election Results

It’s finally Election Day, and though many Americans will turn on their televisions to watch the results roll in tonight, plenty will have their eyes on smaller screens too.

While you may already have your favorite news outlets and political junkies to keep up with on Twitter, we’ve gathered a list of political scientists worth a follow tonight. Here’s our list, in no particular order.

1. Michael McDonald, associate professor of political science at the University of Florida


Kansas State U. Denounces Former Student’s Racist Snapchat

Kansas State University has condemned a former student’s racist Snapchat that was posted to Twitter on Thursday.

The former student, Paige Shoemaker, posted a picture of herself and a friend wearing dark facial masks, with a caption that included a racial slur. Screenshots of the Snapchat post were then spread via Twitter, CNN reports.

According to a news release from the university, when the pictures were tagged on Kansas State accounts, they were immediately removed. Ms. Shoemaker is not curre…