Bill Would Bar U. of Wisconsin Employees From Working at Planned Parenthood

A new bill in the Wisconsin Legislature proposes barring a partnership that allows University of Wisconsin employees to work at Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports.

The measure targets the university’s decade-old arrangement with Planned Parenthood, through which faculty members work part time at a clinic in Madison, Wis. The bill would also prevent university employees from performing abortions or training students at facilities where abortions are performed, besides hospitals.



Pro-Trump Protesters Shout Down Democrat’s Speech at Whittier College

Protesters at Whittier College interrupted a question-and-answer session on October 5 with California’s Democratic attorney general, Xavier Becerra, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. The protesters, joined by the conservative columnist Arthur Schaper, shouted, “Respect our president,” “Americans first,” and “You must respect our president.”

The hecklers were protesting California’s lawsuit against the Trump administration for rescinding the Deferred Action …


Governor Declares Emergency Tied to White Nationalist’s Planned Speech at U. of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has declared a state of an emergency in connection with a planned appearance this week at the University of Florida by the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, reports The Tampa Bay Times.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our No. 1 priority,” Governor Scott, a Republican, said in a written statement.

Violence erupted in August in Charlottesville, Va., f…


Chapel Hill Is Spared Penalties in NCAA Investigation of Academic-Athletic Scandal

Last updated (10/13/2017, 1:15 p.m.) with a response from the university.

The NCAA stopped short on Friday of handing down penalties that many at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had feared would result from the association’s investigation of the academic and athletic scandal that has rocked the campus for years. The NCAA announced in a report that it “could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules.” Some observers had feared the association…


House Democrats Propose Making Obama-Era Title IX Guidance Into Law

A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives wants details of the Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault to be written into law, Politico reports.

Their legislation, the Title IX Protection Act, would codify parts of the recently rescinded guidance on the gender-equity law known as Title IX. In September the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights rescinded a 2011 letter on how colleges should handle campus sexual assault and a 2014 question-and-answer document a…


Eight LSU Students Are Arrested Over Fraternity Pledge’s Death

Eight arrest warrants have been issued for students who are Phi Delta Theta fraternity members at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in connection with the death last month of a freshman pledge, according to an LSU news release.

The freshman, Maxwell Gruver, died after participating in a fraternity drinking game and consuming alcohol “in excess,” The Advocate reported. An LSU investigation found that Phi Delta Theta’s pledges had been asked questions about the fraternity and had been forc…


Another Top Administrator at the U. of Southern California Is Out After Claims of Misconduct

David Carrera, the University of Southern California’s vice president for fund raising, left his post last week amid an internal investigation of his treatment of women, the Los Angeles Times reports.

His departure is the latest in a string of controversies for the university. Just one week ago the medical-school dean, Rohit Varma, was removed amid claims that he had sexually harassed and retaliated against a woman he supervised in 2003. Before that, the Times reported on the drug-fueled partyin…


U. of Wisconsin System Proposes Merging 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges

The University of Wisconsin system wants to merge its 13 two-year colleges with its four-year institutions, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Under the proposal, each two-year institution would merge with one of seven four-year campuses. It’s not immediately clear what the proposed mergers would mean for jobs and programs at the two-year colleges. Ray W. Cross, the system’s president, said the plan would take effect in July 2018, pending approval in November by the Board of Regents.

The …


Albright College Athlete Is Dismissed From Team for Kneeling During National Anthem

A backup quarterback at Albright College, a liberal-arts institution in Reading, Pa., has been dismissed from the football team after kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game last weekend.

Gyree Durante, a freshman, knelt during the performance of the national anthem before a game against Delaware Valley University and was subsequently cut from the team. “At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Mr. Durante told NBC 10.


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 …