Yale Will Rename Calhoun College for Adm. Grace Hopper

Ten months ago, Yale University officials declined to rename the residential college named for John C. Calhoun, a 19th-century Yale graduate who became a U.S. senator from South Carolina, vice president, and a prominent defender of slavery. But on Saturday, in a reversal, the university announced that the college will be renamed for Grace Murray Hopper, a renowned computer scientist and Navy admiral who received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale in the 1930s.

The decision was made Friday b…


Appeals Court Declines to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday declined to reinstate President Trump’s executive order calling for a travel ban that affected roughly 17,000 students on American campuses.

Mr. Trump’s order, issued last month, suspended for 90 days the entry into the United States of citizens of seven largely Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It also suspended for 120 days the admission into the United States of all refug…


Jury Awards $2.5 Million to Ex-Employee at UC-Riverside in Gender-Bias Case

A jury has ordered the University of California to pay a former employee on its Riverside campus $2.5 million for violating state law when it fired her after she reported gender discrimination, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Michele Coyle, who was chief campus counsel until 2012, filed a civil complaint in 2015 alleging that she and other female staff members had been the victims of “rampant gender discrimination” by the university’s executive vice chancellor at the time, Dallas M. Rabenstein.



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…


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,…


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…


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…


DeVos, Whose Nomination Brought Historic Controversy, Is Confirmed as Education Secretary

Three weeks after appearing before the U.S. Senate’s education committee, Betsy DeVos was finally confirmed as education secretary in the administration of President Trump.

As expected, Ms. DeVos cleared the Senate on a 50-to-50 tie that was broken by Vice President Mike Pence. The vote followed an unusually contentious confirmation process in which Senate offices were swamped with constituents’ calls, and came on the heels of a 24-hour protest by Senate Democrats on the floor of the chamber.



U. of Alaska President Gets Second Vote of No Confidence

James R. Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska system, has received his second vote of no confidence in a month, this time by the Faculty Senate on the system’s Fairbanks campus.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that faculty members in Fairbanks had voted 26 to 12 on a resolution that criticized Mr. Johnsen for the “Strategic Pathways” initiative, which faculty members have complained leaves them out of decision making about the system’s priorities. In January the University of Alaska …


Former UVa Dean Is Named Sweet Briar’s First Permanent President Since It Nearly Closed

Sweet Briar College on Monday announced the appointment of its first permanent president since the Virginia institution almost closed, in 2015.

According to a news release from Sweet Briar, Meredith Woo will take over as president after most recently working on a program in London that opened liberal-arts colleges in the former Soviet bloc. She previously served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Her appointment ends a period of uncertain…