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From: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Subject: Afternoon Update: Education Dept. launches antisemitism-awareness campaign
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A Response to Hate
Education Dept. Launches Antisemitism-Awareness CampaignAs part of the Biden administration’s sweeping national strategy to counter antisemitism, announced today, the department released a Dear Colleague letter that, among other things, reminds colleges of their obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Department officials will also visit colleges to draw attention to those that are responding, effectively or ineffectively, to the rising tide of antisemitism. (News releases)
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Nevadans to Vote on Ballot Measure About Constitutional Status of Board of RegentsThe elected board, which oversees eight public institutions, including the University of Nevada system, was the subject of a similar ballot question in 2020 that was narrowly rejected. Under the new measure, which will appear on the 2024 ballot, the board would be removed from the state’s Constitution and would be reconfigured by the Legislature. (The Center Square)
Former President Quit After Inquiry Uncovered ‘Inappropriate’ Behavior With StudentsBen Raimer resigned last year as president of the University of Texas Medical Branch after an investigation by the university system found multiple examples of such interactions, including inviting male mentees to his home for haircuts, suggesting they spend the night, and disclosing confidential information to them about campus business, documents show. (Houston Chronicle)
College Trumpets Opening of Gallegly Archive, but Ex-Congressman Says He Wasn’t ToldCalifornia Lutheran University inaugurated its Gallegly Center Archive and Collection. The news, however, came as a surprise to Elton Gallegly, a former longtime member of Congress who left office in 2013 and has had a bumpy relationship with the university. (Ventura County Star)
Zelensky Is Surprise Speaker at Johns Hopkins U. CommencementThe Ukrainian president spoke on a livestream for about 10 minutes and was awarded an honorary doctorate. (The Washington Post)
The Name Game
George Washington U. Changes Nickname to ‘Revolutionaries’The university in Washington, D.C., decided last June to retire the previous name, “Colonials.” Critics had said the name, intended to honor the university’s namesake, actually glorified international colonialism, slavery, and racial discrimination. (USA Today)
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