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Trinity College of Conn. Closes Over Threats After Conservative Website Targets Professor

Trinity College, a small, private institution in Connecticut, closed on Wednesday following threats to the campus that appear to be tied to a faculty member’s recent online comments about the police, reports the Hartford Courant.

“Given the threats to campus and upon consultation with the President’s Cabinet, the decision has been made to close the college until further notice,” says a statement on the college’s website.

Johnny Eric Williams, an associate professor of sociology, had written mess…

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Education Dept. Closes Title IX Investigation of Liberty U.

The Education Department’s civil-rights office has closed a Title IX investigation of Liberty University that had been triggered by a sexual-assault claim. The office cited a lack of jurisdiction.

In a letter addressed to President Jerry L. Falwell Jr., Letisha Morgan, a team leader in the Office for Civil Rights, wrote that the office had learned that the person who filed the original complaint was not a student at Liberty and did not have “meaningful and sustained contact” with the institution…

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Adjunct Says She Was Suspended Following Appearance on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

An adjunct professor at Essex County College, in New Jersey, was suspended two days after her appearance as a political commentator on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lisa Durden, who is also a talk-show host and pop-culture commentator, appeared on Mr. Carlson’s show this month to discuss a Memorial Day event hosted by Black Lives Matter organizers that was open only to black attendees. Although Ms. Durden did not disclose her affiliation with Essex County College on the show, a co…

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Arizona Court Says ‘Dreamers’ Are Ineligible for In-State Tuition

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a 2015 ruling that allowed undocumented students who had been brought to the United States illegally as children to qualify for in-state college tuition, The Arizona Republic reports.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is known as DACA and was started in 2012 under President Barack Obama, children who entered the country illegally can receive two-year reprieves from deportation. Judge Kenton Jones wrote that such st…

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Yale Dean Who Wrote Racist and Classist Yelp Reviews Resigns

A dean at Yale University who wrote reviews on the website Yelp that were deemed racist and classist has resigned, according to a university spokeswoman.

June Chu, who was dean of Pierson College, came under fire in May after the student newspaper, the Yale Daily News, revealed the controversial reviews. Soon after that, Yale’s administration suspended the dean, citing her failure to accurately disclose how many reviews she had written.

While academics might often find themselves in hot water fo…

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UVa Student Dies After Release From North Korea, Where He Was Imprisoned

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who had been held captive in North Korea for roughly a year and a half, died on Monday afternoon, just days after returning to the United States, reports The Washington Post.

Mr. Warmbier was returned to America from North Korea, where he had been arrested for “hostile acts against the state” and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He had been traveling through North Korea to Hong Kong when detained.

In a statement reprinted by the Post, his par…

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AAUP Considers Paying Adjuncts in Its Leadership Posts

Washington — Taking a leadership position in an academic association can be a costly proposition for adjunct faculty members, many of whom have to devote long hours to several teaching gigs just to make enough money to get by. If they cannot persuade one of the colleges that employ them to grant them release time for association work, they may have to sacrifice a lot of potential earnings to be a voice for their segment of higher education’s work force.

The American Association of University Pro…

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Trump Won’t Take Action Against ‘Dreamers’ Protected Under DACA Program

The Trump administration will not take action against “Dreamers,” who are enrolled in an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The administration’s announcement late Thursday followed months of uncertainty about the fate of the program, which is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. As a candidate, President Trump had promised to end the program. Many Dreamers are college students.

In addition, the Department of Homeland Secu…

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Jury Awards Damages to Fraternity That Sued Wesleyan Over Mandate to Go Coed

A state-court jury in Connecticut on Thursday sided with a fraternity whose house was closed by Wesleyan University in the fall of 2015 after the fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, resisted complying with a university mandate to admit women, The Hartford Courant reported.

The case is not over, though. While Thursday’s verdict, by a jury in Middlesex County Superior Court, awards damages of $386,000 to the fraternity’s alumni chapter, it does not automatically reopen the fraternity house. It do…

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Baylor’s Former Leader Said Its Failure on Sexual Violence Was Not ‘Fundamental’

Updated (6/15/2017, 4:01 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor.

David E. Garland, the former interim president of Baylor University, said in a deposition last month that the institution had not exhibited a “fundamental failure” on sexual assault, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

In the deposition, which was conducted as part of a Title IX lawsuit that the university is facing, Mr. Garland, who stepped down this month, said that he didn’t know why the university’s former president, Kenneth W. Starr,…