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Gay students increasingly vocal at evangelical colleges

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This year, gay students at evangelical colleges have been increasingly organized and vocal in pressing for change.

Study suggests resource inequities may impact publishing records of women in science

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Why do women publish less in science, on average, than do men? A new study suggests that it may have to do with what universities provide in financial support.

University of Iowa adds optional question on sexual orientation

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Applicants don't have to tell, but they can indicate their identification as gay, and can select transgender as their gender. Iowa is the first major public university to make the move.

NJ Medical University Pays $4.65M to Settle Bias Suit

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has agreed to pay $4.65 million to settle a class action charging the institution with bias against female faculty members, NewJersey.com reported. The university declined to comment on the agreement. The suit charged sex discrimination was behind a $20,000 gender gap in the mean salaries of full professors who had been at the university for at least 10 years -- even though women in the sample brought in more research grants and also had more teaching responsibilities than did male professors.

 

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Baylor Investigates Photo of Party Mocking Mexicans

Baylor University is investigating a party at which students dressed as Mexican immigrants, KXXV News reported. Photographs of the party appeared on students' Facebook pages, showing women in sombreros, fake dirt on their faces and with signs (in green) labeled "green cards." Pennsylvania State University officials are currently investigating a similar incident.

 

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Tufts Reverses Ruling on Christian Group

Tufts University has cleared the way for the Tufts Christian Fellowship to be recognized as an official student group, The Boston Globe reported. The fellowship was denied recognition because its requirement that leaders support "the basic biblical truths of Christianity" violates the university's anti-discrimination policies by imposing a religious test. But the university has decided that, for religious groups that wish to have an exemption for their leaders, an exemption to the anti-bias rules will be permitted.

 

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Uproar at Penn State Over Sorority Photo Mocking Mexicans

Officials at Pennsylvania State University are condemning a party by Chi Omega sorority at which members wore sombreros and fake mustaches and held signs saying "Will mow lawn for weed and beer" and "I don't cut grass, I smoke it," WTAJ News reported. A blog published a photograph of the event, setting off debate over the party.

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Stay for Ruling Invalidating Michigan Vote on Affirmative Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a stay of its ruling that invalidated a vote by Michigan citizens to bar public colleges and universities from considering race in admissions decisions. The ruling by the appeals court will not take effect until the Supreme Court has decided on an appeal, The Detroit News reported.

 

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Study compares representation and performance of black men, athletes and not

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Comparing data on athletes and other black male students, study challenges colleges' commitment to diversifying beyond athletics.

College cases highlight complexity of same-sex, male-victim sexual assaults

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Colleges must take special consideration when addressing and preventing sexual assault involving male victims and gay or lesbian students.

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