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Debate Over Christian Law School in Canada

The Council of Canadian Law Deans is opposing a proposal by Trinity Western University, an evangelical institution, to start a law school, The Vancouver Sun reported. The deans say that the accreditor for law schools in Canada should block the new institution from opening because Trinity Western's policies bar gay relationships by students or employees. Trinity Western officials said that they are entitled to hold their religious views, and also to start a law school.

 

Debates about coeducation at Wilson and Salem Colleges

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Wilson will become coeducational. Salem considers whether to let a transgendered student stay after becoming a man -- and sparks fears that it will change its mission.

Judge blocks Deep Springs College from admitting women

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Judge grants injunction to alumni who say that the founder wanted college to educate men only. Case raises anew how institutions balance founders' intentions and the way society has evolved.

Study of British university students points to issue of bias in academic hiring

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Study of British students points to potential for bias in academic hiring.

Gallaudet Reinstates Diversity Official

Gallaudet University has reinstated Angela McCaskill, the institution's chief diversity officer, who was suspended for signing a petition against the recognition of gay marriage by Maryland, the Associated Press reported. The university announced the reinstatement, but did not elaborate or respond to requests for comment. Some advocates for gay rights applauded the suspension, saying that universities cannot promote equity for gay students and employees while having their diversity efforts led by people who believe that gay people should be denied rights available to straight people. But critics said that the university was inappropriately punishing McCaskill for expressing political views.

 

Lesley settlement flags food allergies and campus dining

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Justice Department settlement with Lesley U. suggests that colleges may need to add specialized mealtime services for students with food allergies.

Emory Students Apologize for Remarks on Affirmative Action

Emory University students who produce "The Dooley Show," which is intended to be humorous, have issued an apology for a broadcast that angered many at the university. The show referenced the Supreme Court case on affirmative action in college admissions and urged viewers to help identify students who "shouldn’t be here and are only at the school because of affirmative action." Methods suggested for finding such students included lynching, tarring and feathering, and cross-burning. The apology states: "We at 'The Dooley Show' would like to apologize for the Supreme Court segment that has recently caused so much hurt, pain, and anger within the Emory Community.... The referred-to segment was poorly written and in poor taste, which we fully recognize.... As stated, we were not aware of the pain the segment would cause, the wounds existing on our campus it would open, or the dialogue it would recall. We should have considered more fully the horrible history our words recalled, and apologize immensely for not having done so.We too are members of the Emory community, and are deeply ashamed and sincerely sorry for all the pain and hurt our words have caused within it. Never at any point were they meant maliciously or to incite hatred towards anyone, anywhere."

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DePaul settles tenure disputes with three women as another cries foul

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With several high-profile disputes recently settled, and another in litigation, questions arise about university's commitment to diversity and academic freedom, as well as its tenure process.

Appeals court: HR administrator's controversial op-ed not protected speech

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Appeals court says University of Toledo had right to fire human resources director for op-ed questioning legitimacy of gay rights.

New Effort to Diversify Liberal Arts College Faculties

Connecticut, Middlebury and Williams Colleges on Friday announced a new effort to diversify the faculties of liberal arts colleges. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is providing funds for the colleges to work with Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley to organize an annual event where students at 23 liberal arts colleges will learn about graduate school opportunities at research universities and careers for those who earn doctorates, create research internships at the two universities for under-represented students at the colleges, and create postdoctoral fellowships for new Ph.D.s at the universities to experience life at liberal arts colleges.

 

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