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U. of Southern California Rejects $5-Million Pledge From Harvey Weinstein

The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the movie magnate Harvey Weinstein were enough to make the University of Southern California on Tuesday reject his pledge of $5 million for a scholarship program for female directors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund a $5M endowment for women filmmakers,” the university said in a statement to the Reporter.

The decision followed explosive revelations …

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Purdue’s President Says Free-Speech Policy Forces Him to Defend Faculty Critic

In a message to a Purdue University professor, the institution’s president, Mitch Daniels, criticized the faculty member’s defense of “Antifa” and said the campus’s free-speech policy had forced him to defend the professor, the Journal & Courier reports.

When Mr. Daniels was pressed by Bill Mullen, a professor of English and American studies and a founding member of the Campus Anti-Fascist Network, to further investigate white-supremacist posters found on the campus, the president responded wit…

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Drexel Puts Professor on Leave After Tweet About Las Vegas Draws Conservative Ire

Updated (10/10/2017, 3:20 p.m.) with a statement from The Daily Caller.

Drexel University, a private research institution in Philadelphia, has placed one of its professors, George Ciccariello-Maher, on leave after he received multiple threats in connection with a series of social-media posts about race.

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in the politics and global-studies department, has a history of making controversial statements, including comments he shared about a “white genocide…

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Texas Tech Student Shot and Killed Campus Police Officer, Officials Say

Updated (10/10/2017, 6 p.m.) with additional details.

A 19-year-old freshman at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Tex., was charged on Tuesday with capital murder in the shooting death on Monday night of a 48-year-old campus police officer and father of two.

The student, Hollis A. Daniels, is accused of shooting Floyd East Jr. in the head while being booked on drug charges. Mr. Daniels, who the police say has confessed to the shooting, was taken into custody after campus police officers found e…

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Publisher Withdraws Essay Defending Colonialism, Citing Threat to Journal Editor

A controversial essay that offered a defense of colonialism and led to a revolt at Third World Quarterly has been withdrawn due to “serious and credible threats of personal violence” to the journal’s editor, according to a notice posted by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis.

The essay, “The Case for Colonialism,” was withdrawn at the request of the journal’s editor, Shahid Qadir, and in agreement with the essay’s author, Bruce Gilley, an associate professor of political science at Portla…

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Wisconsin Regents Approve a 3-Strikes Policy to Deal With Students Who Disrupt Speakers

The University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents on Friday approved a policy that will compel campuses to suspend and, eventually, expel students who repeatedly disrupt controversial speakers and speech, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

According to the board’s agenda, any student who has been found responsible twice for disrupting another person’s free speech will be suspended for a minimum of one semester. A student who has disrupted someone else’s speech three times will be expelled.

Th…

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U. of Southern California Removes Medical-School Dean as Newspaper Reports Sexual-Misconduct Claim

Another medical-school dean has toppled at the University of Southern California amid the disclosure of alleged unsavory behavior.

The university on Thursday removed as dean Rohit Varma, an ophthalmologist, as the Los Angeles Times was about to publish an article describing his alleged sexual harassment of and alleged retaliation against a young woman he supervised in 2003, an episode that only briefly deflected his career.

The news broke just two and a half months after the Times published its …

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Southern Methodist U. Suspends Fraternity for Alleged Hazing

Southern Methodist University has suspended a fraternity that allegedly hazed new members, forcing them to wear clothing that was covered in vomit and paddling them, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In a letter sent to parents of students on Wednesday, the university said it had found evidence that the Beta Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha deprived members of sleep and forced them to eat peppers and onions and drink milk until they vomited, the Morning News reported. The investigation was the…

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Justice Dept. Investigates Admissions Practices at Harvard, BuzzFeed News Reports

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating admission practices at Harvard University, BuzzFeed News reports.

In August news broke that the Justice Department was investigating a discrimination complaint over race-conscious admission practices at a university. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request about the case by a government-watchdog group, the department wrote on September 29 that it was exempt from providing the records because doing so could “interfere with enforcement pr…

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U. of North Texas President Tried to Stop Donald Trump Jr. From Speaking on Campus

The president of the University of North Texas has tried without success to cancel a speech by Donald Trump Jr. slated for this month, according to more than a thousand pages of emails obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

“I am trying to stop it, but it isn’t an easy thing,” wrote Neal Smatresk, president of the university in Denton, Tex., in an August email to a professor who opposed the controversial appearance by President Trump’s son.

Mr. Smatresk also said he was “not enthused” that the…