Bill in Congress Would Use Research Funds to Curb Sex Harassment in Academe

Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat of California, plans to introduce a bill on Thursday that would target sexual harassment in academe through the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and dozens of other federal agencies that award lucrative research and development grants.

The legislation states that, if a research professor is found responsible for violating a college’s sex-harassment policy, the college would be required to report the finding to all federal agencies t…


Lafayette College Professor Who Went on Hunger Strike Is Denied Tenure Again

An assistant professor of Spanish at Lafayette College who went on a hunger strike to protest being denied tenure has been denied tenure again, WFMZ, a television station in eastern Pennsylvania, reported.

On September 15 the college’s Board of Trustees met to consider reversing its denial of Juan J. Rojo’s tenure bid, but on Tuesday the board sent him a letter stating that the decision remained unchanged.

Mr. Rojo began his hunger strike this month, after the college’s president denied his bid …


U. of Kentucky Promises Reforms After Sexual-Misconduct Case

The University of Kentucky plans to carry out several reforms to protect students and employees from sexual harassment, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The reforms include better training for graduate students and faculty members, and establishing a process to review professors’ tenure if they are involved in sexual-misconduct cases. New faculty members will be required to fill out a questionnaire about previous sexual or research misconduct.

“Today, for example, there is a higher standard …


Rutgers Athletic Director Apologizes for Chugging a Beer While Fans Cheered

Pat Hobbs, the athletic director of Rutgers University at New Brunswick, has apologized after a video of him chugging a beer on an outdoor stage surfaced this week, The Star-Ledger reports. In the video, Mr. Hobbs is shown downing the beer, handed to him by a member of the crowd, at a tailgate at last Saturday’s home football game against the University of New Mexico.

Mr. Hobbs said he had appeared on stage to try to calm the crowd. As to whether he succeeded, judge for yourself:

“I regret that…


Northwestern U. Lifts Ban Keeping Tenured Professor From Campus

Northwestern University has lifted a ban that prevented Jacqueline Stevens, a political-science professor, from going on the campus, The Daily Northwestern reports.

Ms. Stevens, a tenured professor, was banned from the campus in July, as part of university officials’ response to a dispute between Ms. Stevens and another faculty member. Officials told her to stay away until she underwent a “fitness for duty” evaluation by a health professional.

In March, Ms. Stevens got into a dispute with her as…


Regional Accreditors Will Push to Improve Graduation Rates

The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions has announced a plan to give more context to colleges’ graduation rates — numbers that have attracted the attention of think tanks, lawmakers, and others.

The council, an umbrella group for the seven regional accrediting commissions for educational institutions in the United States, said in a news release on Wednesday that during the accreditation process, its member agencies will expand their focus on graduation rates. The agencies will also pay …


Unarmed Black Motorist Shot Dead by an Oklahoma Police Officer Was a Student

Terence Crutcher, the unarmed black man who was shot to death by a white police officer in mysterious circumstances on Friday night after his car broke down in Tulsa, Okla., was on his way home from a class at Tulsa Community College, the Tulsa World reported. The college’s president said on Monday its employees were cooperating in an investigation of the incident.

The president, Leigh B. Goodson, also said that the college was offering free counseling to students and staff members and would hol…


Belmont U. Removes Student After Racist Social-Media Post

A freshman whose racist Snapchat post was condemned by students and officials at Belmont University no longer attends the Nashville institution, The Tennessean reports.

The post, commenting on a photograph of Philadelphia Eagles football players raising their fists during the performance of the national anthem, contained a racial slur and said, “Every one of them needs a damn bullet in their head.” The image was widely shared on social media.

The university said in a statement posted on Facebook


Few Recent Graduates Were Actually Forced to Work as Baristas, Study Finds

At one point during the Great Recession, half of recent college graduates were underemployed. But contrary to popular perception, few occupied low-skill service positions, like that of the ubiquitous barista. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of recent graduates work in such jobs, according to a paper released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

“While there is some truth behind the popular image of the college-educated barista,” the report reads, “this picture is not an accurate…


Singer Cancels U. of Texas Tour Stop Because of Concealed Carry

The folk singer Ray LaMontagne has canceled a concert scheduled to take place at the University of Texas at Austin because of the university’s concealed-carry policy, he announced in a Facebook post.

Starting this academic year, Texas’ “campus carry” law allows students with concealed-handgun permits to carry their guns on the campus.

Mr. LaMontagne said ticket costs would be refunded for the concert, scheduled for Thursday at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center.

“No matter how hard I…