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…


Missouri State Instructor Is Charged in Stabbing Death of Professor

An instructor at Missouri State University was being held on murder and other charges on Thursday after a retired professor of the same university was found dead in his home on Wednesday night, the Springfield News-Leader reported, citing documents filed by prosecutors and the Springfield, Mo., police.

The victim, Marc F. Cooper, was an emeritus professor of history and a scholar of ancient civilizations.

According to a police statement, the suspect, Edward M. Gutting, an instructor of modern an…


U. of Arizona President Asks for Investigation of Medical Schools’ Leaders

Ann Weaver Hart, president of the University of Arizona, has called for an independent investigation into whether the leaders of its two medical schools misused public funds, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Her decision came after the president of the university’s Board of Regents aired allegations of impropriety at a meeting.

Six leaders of the College of Medicine-Phoenix left their jobs earlier this year. In addition, the senior vice president for health sciences has drawn attention for his ta…


Berkeley Paid to Improve Image of Soon-to-Be-Ex-Chancellor

The University of California at Berkeley paid consultants more than $200,000 over the past year to raise the profile of the chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, who announced on Tuesday that he would resign.

The revelation, made by the San Francisco Chronicle, has echoes of a controversy that recently helped to topple the chancellor on the Davis campus, Linda P.B. Katehi.

Berkeley entered into a yearlong contract with the firm Williamsworks and a subcontractor on July 1, 2015. Among the goals, as stat…