Bangladesh's University of Engineering and Technology closed indefinitely Sunday following student riots calling for time off to watch World Cup games, AFP reported. Five people were injured in the riots; many more were injured in similar riots during the last World Cup
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Errol Davis, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, left the board of BP just days before the disaster that has created chaos for the Gulf region and the company. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that he has been named in four current lawsuits by company shareholders.
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Campuses in the University of North Carolina System are scheduled to have 17 buildings completed in the next year, some of them sophisticated science facilities, but they may not open as the state can't provide any money to operate them, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. Lacking funds, the universities would have to pay for maintenance and utilities by cutting from academic funds, which are already due to receive major cuts.
A federal trial begins this week on what could be a key legal case for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The case involves a suit against Quinnipiac University over a move to eliminate its women's volleyball team. The university has denied wrongdoing. The suit charges that the university counts its men's and women's rosters in ways to create a false impression of relative gender equity. One of the issues in contention, as the Associated Press reported, is whether the university can count its "competitive cheer squad" as an athletic team.
Athletes at the University of San Francisco spent thousands of dollars designated for textbooks on other expenditures, one of several violations that led the National Collegiate Athletic Association to place the university on two years' probation Thursday. The case, which was adjudicated through the NCAA's summary disposition process, also involved 535 long-distance phone calls that athletes were inappropriately allowed to make free, and a finding that the university failed to monitor its sports program adequately. USF agreed to donate $28,000 -- about double the value of the violations -- to charity as part of its penalty.
The University of Memphis has agreed to let a lesbian couple (one of whose members is a senior at the university) and their children get a family pass to use the recreation center, reversing an earlier denial of the pass, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. The two women were originally told that they needed some proof of their relationship so they registered as domestic partners in Eureka Springs, Ark., but the university said that didn't count -- and Tennessee law bars the recognition of same-sex couples. Amid criticism of the policy, the university has now agreed to provide the family passes to any family that can show it is living as a family unit, regardless of legal marriage status.
Students who have been on strike at the University of Puerto Rico for two months reached a tentative agreement Thursday that could allow normal operations to resume, The New York Times reported. Under the agreement, the Board of Regents would call off plans to increase fees in a way that would have doubled the cost of attendance. Further, strike organizers have been assured that they will not face punishments.
Stanley Ikenberry, who returned to his old job as president of the University of Illinois when when institution found itself between presidents due to a scandal over politically influenced admissions decisions, has called off a plan by the university to honor him with a $100,000 statute, the Chicago Tribune reported. Plans for the statue were set and an artist selected, but when the Tribune started looking into the statue, Ikenberry killed the project. The university is facing deep budget cuts and a spokesman said that Ikenberry "didn't want to generate any ill will toward the university or put the university in an embarrassing situation."
A University of California committee has found that the university system loses as much as $300 million a year by not being as assertive as other universities in recovering the indirect costs associated with research grants, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. University officials are pledging to go after that money, saying that doing so will free up funds for other purposes.