Submitted by Jake New on January 29, 2015 - 3:00am
A Norfolk State University student was hospitalized Sunday after she was attacked by a Norfolk Police dog while leaving a party near campus. London Colvin, who is a junior at Norfolk State and a private in the Army Reserve, received 40 stitches after the encounter and will require plastic surgery to close a gaping gash on her leg, according to the Potomac Local. Colvin was attacked by the dog while being arrested during a large fight outside the party.
The student's cousin told the newspaper that Colvin was not involved in the fight, but that she was being loud and disorderly while walking away from the scene. "We can understand her getting arrested, because she was being disorderly, however, she didn’t have a weapon," the cousin said. "She can’t put her hands up, or remove her hands from anywhere, or do anything because she’s being restrained by two police officers. So to allow the dog [to attack] is the only thing that we have a problem with."
Daniel Hudson, a spokesman for the Norfolk police, said officers often use canine units during incidents involving large crowds and that the fight involved about 35 people. “There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct," Hudson said. "When [the officer] tried to place her in custody, she became combative against the officer. Another officer attempted to restrain her, but again, there were multiple people around, so the canine officer deployed the dog to restrain the woman so nobody would get hurt."
Doctors at the health centers that serve students at University of California campuses held a one-day strike Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times reported. Strikes by doctors are rare. In this case, their union is in a dispute with the university over a contract. University officials said that they moved non-urgent appointments while having doctors who are managers and not in the union handle urgent appointments.
Submitted by Jake New on January 28, 2015 - 3:00am
After a three-week trial, a jury has found two former Vanderbilt University football players guilty of the 2013 rape of a female student. Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were accused of filming themselves and other players having sex with the unconscious student in a campus dorm. On Tuesday, they were found guilty on 14 counts of aggravated rape and sexual battery. Vandenburg was also found guilty of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography. The players, who face decades in prison, will be sentenced in March. The verdict was delivered as more than 430 representatives from 76 colleges and universities in Tennessee, including Vanderbilt, gathered at a summit this week focused on preventing campus sexual assault.
"Many months ago Vanderbilt found both defendants responsible for violating our sexual misconduct policy, and we quickly discharged both of them from the football team and subsequently expelled them from the university," Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public affairs, said in a statement. "We are confident we acted appropriately."
Yale University leaders sent an e-mail to the campus on Monday about the much-debated action of a university police officer to detain at gunpoint a black male student who was briefly suspected (based on his appearance) of being a thief. The student's father is a New York Times columnist who wrote about the incident on Twitter and in the Times, drawing widespread discussion and accusations of racial profiling. The e-mail Yale officials sent Monday distinguished between what happened at Yale and other recent incidents in which unarmed black men have been killed -- and the letter sought to separate the decision to question the student with the decision to do so at gunpoint.
"Let us be clear: we have great faith in the Yale Police Department and admire the professionalism that its officers display on a daily basis to keep our campus safe. What happened on Cross Campus on Saturday is not a replay of what happened in Ferguson; Staten Island; Cleveland; or so many other places in our time and over time in the United States. The officer, who himself is African American, was responding to a specific description relayed by individuals who had reported a crime in progress," said the e-mail. "Even though the officer's decision to stop and detain the student may have been reasonable, the fact that he drew his weapon during the stop requires a careful review. For this reason, the Yale Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit is conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident, and will report the findings of that investigation to us. We, in turn, will share the findings with the community. We ask that you allow us the time needed to collect and examine the facts from everyone involved."
The e-mail was sent by Peter Salovey, Yale's president; Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College; and Ronnell Higgins, chief of the Yale Police Department.
Submitted by Jake New on January 27, 2015 - 3:00am
More than 430 representatives from 76 colleges and universities in Tennessee will attend a summit this week focused on campus sexual assault. The summit will be hosted by the state's public and private higher education systems -- the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association -- and will include training and resources provided by the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The two-day meeting is taking place the same week that a high-profile rape trial involving two Vanderbilt University athletes is expected to conclude.
"Preventing and responding to sexual assaults and relationship violence is a priority in Washington and across the country and, now more than ever, in Tennessee," Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee, said during a call with reporters last week. "We've not only heightened our focus in Tennessee, we also agree that we can be more effective at combating sexual violence by working together."
Many colleges in New England, the New York area and New Jersey are closed today due to the massive blizzard in the region. Smith College decided to announce its decisions on second-round early-decision applications Monday night instead of Tuesday (as scheduled) because of the blizzard. One of the few colleges in the region affirming the possibility of classes today was Bates College, which announced that classes will be held unless called off by the instructor. Perhaps to inspire students or instructors, the college illustrated this news item with a photo of students making their way to class in a 2011 blizzard.