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Quick Takes: Baptists Vote to Sever Mercer Ties, Indiana Faculty Seeks Review of President, Charges Dropped in George Mason Protest, Where Katrina Students Went, New Summers Controversy, Colleges Comment on FCC Rule

November 16, 2005
  • Members of the Georgia Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to sever ties with Mercer University, citing the institution's perceived lack of commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention and support among university faculty members and officials for a new gay student group, the Associated Press reported. According to the convention's rules, the separation will not become final unless and until its members reaffirm the vote at their annual meeting next November.
  • Faculty members at Indiana University's Bloomington campus voted at an emergency meeting Tuesday to urge trustees to conduct a midterm review of President Adam Herbert, the Indianapolis Star reported. Herbert's leadership has been questioned on a number of fronts, notably because the Bloomington campus is in its third year without a permanent chancellor.
  • Prosecutors on Monday dropped charges against at George Mason University student who had protested military recruiters on the campus, WTOP reported. The university and many student and faculty leaders had pushed for the charges to be dropped, saying that the student had been engaged in lawful protest.
  • A group that tracks student academic progress has catalogued the whereabouts of students dispersed by Hurricane Katrina, finding that more than 18,000 students from six closed institutions ended up enrolled this semester at more than 1,000 other campuses. The information was compiled by the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Leading faculty members at Harvard University are circulating a letter criticizing Lawrence H. Summers, the president, for reported efforts to oust the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, William Kirby. While the letter has not been formally released, The Harvard Crimson published it.
  • A coalition of higher education groups has filed comments about a proposed Federal Communications Commission regulation that has been interpreted as requiring colleges to make their computer networks accessible to federal law enforcement officials. In the comments, the college groups ask to be exempted from the requirement, among other things.
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