Out to ‘Impress’ a Woman, U. of Pittsburgh Student Instead Needs to Be Rescued

A University of Pittsburgh student who, in an effort to impress a woman, jumped between two buildings — but missed — was rescued on Tuesday morning after the police knocked out a wall of a Qdoba restaurant, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The man became wedged between the two buildings in the city’s Oakland neighborhood, according to a city official quoted by the newspaper.

“The young man met a girl, brought her up to a rooftop, and decided to impress her by leaping from one roof to the nex…


In Victory for Union Efforts, NLRB Rules Columbia U. Grad Students Are Employees

In a long-awaited decision, the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday ruled that graduate students at Columbia University are employees and can form a union. The decision reverses a previous board decision involving a case at Brown University, which, a majority of the board said on Tuesday, “deprived an entire category of workers of the protections of the [National Labor Relations Act] without a convincing justification.”

The decision, by a vote of 3 to 1, has big implications for graduate s…


Stanford Bans Hard Liquor From Undergraduate Parties

Stanford University has banned hard liquor from all campus parties except those attended exclusively by graduate students, according to a news release issued on Monday. Distilled liquor, spirits, and hard alcohol in containers 750 milliliters and larger will also be prohibited from undergraduate residences. Students who are 21 and over may store such alcohol in quantities less than 750 milliliters in the original containers.

The policy changes were a direct outgrowth of conversations that studen…


Judge Rejects Texas Professors’ Bid for Injunction to Block Guns From Classrooms

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin for a preliminary injunction to keep concealed guns out of their classrooms, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The ruling, by Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court in Austin, came just two days before the start of fall classes at the state’s flagship. The university has been roiled by the August 1 imposition of a state law allowing the licensed carry of concealed handguns in most p…


Mexico’s President Is Said to Have Plagiarized Law Thesis

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, plagiarized his undergraduate law thesis, a investigative journalist in Mexico reported on Sunday.

Mr. Peña Nieto plagiarized 28.9 percent of his 1991 thesis, “Mexican Presidentialism and Álvaro Obregón.”

A spokesman for the president said that the similarities were merely “style errors” and that Mr. Peña Nieto had met all the requirements to graduate as a lawyer from the country’s Panamerican University.


U.S. Acts Against Wells Fargo Bank for Illegal Student-Loan Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has found that Wells Fargo Bank illegally increased the costs of and unfairly punished certain student-loan borrowers, the federal agency said in a news release on Monday.

The bureau found Wells Fargo’s student-loan servicing did not include payment information for customers, charged them illegal fees, and did not update inaccurate credit-report information.

As complaints from borrowers of private student loans have risen, the federal government has incre…


Marist College Is Criticized for Agreeing to Play Duke U. Despite Controversial ‘Bathroom’ Bill

[Updated (8/19/2016, 4:09 p.m.) with additional comments from the college.

In November, the men’s basketball team at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will face off against Duke University in a nonconference matchup as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff. It’s a rare opportunity for the private institution to play on national television in Durham’s famous Cameron Indoor Stadium, against a star opponent.

But the college’s decision to participate in the game — rep…


Ken Starr Resigns Faculty Position at Baylor

Kenneth W. Starr is leaving Baylor University, the university announced Friday in a news release.

The former president gave up his faculty position at Baylor’s law school after a semester of turmoil at the university.

In May, after an investigation determined that the university had mishandled sexual assaults to protect the college’s football team, Baylor’s Board of Regents fired the head football coach, Art Briles, placed the athletic director, Ian McCaw, on probation, and demoted Mr. Starr to …


U. of the Incarnate Word Puts President on Medical Leave for ‘Uncharacteristic Behavior’

Louis Agnese Jr., president of the University of the Incarnate Word, has been placed on a 90-day medical leave because of “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments,” The San Antonio Express-News reported on Thursday.

Mr. Agnese, the university’s president for 30 years, requested the leave, according to a written statement by Charles D. Lutz III, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.

“His interactions with some students and faculty and administrative staff … have provoked conside…


Study Finds More Faculty Diversity at Public Institutions Than at Private Ones

Members of underrepresented minority groups are working largely at research universities, according to a study by the TIAA Institute.

The report measured faculty diversity for a forthcoming book with the Johns Hopkins University Press, some 50 years after Title IX and affirmative-action policies were designed to change faculty demographics.

Since 1993 the ratio of white to underrepresented-minority tenured faculty members has been halved, from a 15:1 ratio in 1993 to 7.8:1 in 2013, the report sa…