U of Iowa Senate Votes 'No Confidence' in Regents

The University of Iowa Faculty Senate has voted "no confidence" in the Board of Regents, The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. Faculty members said that they were ignored in the process of choosing the university's new president, particularly when they urged the board not to select one of the four finalists, and then the board went on to select him. That finalist is Bruce Harreld, who was selected while lacking experience in higher education. The resolution adopted by the Faculty Senate said that the board showed a "blatant disregard for the shared nature of university governance."

After the vote, Bruce Rastetter, the board's president, issued a statement criticizing the Faculty Senate's action. "The landscape of higher education is changing and the current ways of operating are not sustainable," the statement said. "After listening to all stakeholder feedback as well as having frank conversations with each of the candidates, the board unanimously thought Bruce Harreld’s experience in transitioning other large enterprises through change, and his vision for reinvesting in the core mission of teaching and research, would ultimately provide the leadership needed. We are disappointed that some of those stakeholders have decided to embrace the status quo of the past over opportunities for the future and focus their efforts on resistance to change instead of working together to make the University of Iowa even greater."

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Colleges Urge Students to Get New Meningitis Vaccines

Some colleges are encouraging students to get newly available vaccines for meningitis B, The Wall Street Journal reported. Several colleges distributed the vaccine last year when hit with a case or cases of meningitis, which can be fatal, on campus. Some of the cases are of a new strain that is not prevented by earlier vaccines but that is by new types of vaccines. This fall's efforts are coming before outbreaks, in a new prevention strategy.

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Sam Houston State Won't Punish Student for Tweet

Sam Houston State University announced Friday that it will not punish Monica Foy, a student whose Twitter comment has infuriated many and led to calls that the university punish her. Foy posted a comment on Twitter, for which she has since apologized, after the execution-style murder of a Texas police officer while he as pumping gas into his patrol car. Her tweet: "I can't believe so many people care about a dead cop and NO ONE has thought to ask what he did to deserve it. He had creepy perv eyes."

Dana G. Hoyt, president of the university, released a statement explaining why the university would not act against Foy, even if "the public's outrage was understandable."

Wrote Hoyt: "The path of least resistance would be to take disciplinary action against Ms. Foy …. But the legal rights conferred on every American citizen and the code of conduct that governs SHSU students says otherwise. A personal comment made on a private social media account, as offensive as it was, remains protected by the First Amendment. Offensive speech is protected speech. As an institution that is responsible for educating generations of students in criminal justice and the order of law, we must stand behind those teachings."

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Settlement in Suit on Support Dogs in College Housing

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the University of Nebraska at Kearney that will assure the right of students with psychological difficulties to have support dogs in campus housing. The department sued the university over the issue in 2011. The settlement requires the university to change some policies and to pay $140,000 to two students whose requests for support dogs were denied. “This is an important settlement for students with disabilities not only at UNK but throughout the country,” said a statement from the principal deputy assistant attorney general, Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division. “Assistance animals such as emotional support dogs can provide critical support and therapeutic benefits for persons with psychological disabilities."

The university has denied any legal wrongdoing in the case, and has maintained that it was only this suit (and a judge's earlier ruling on it) that clearly said that the Fair Housing Act applies to housing run by colleges and universities. The university also said that the settlement preserves the right of a college to inquire about the need for having a support animal.

Advice for administrators, from 'The Godfather' and 'A Few Good Men' (essay)

Tapping into her favorite movie lines, K. Johnson Bowles offers advice for the new administrator.

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5 Rutgers Football Players Arrested

Five Rutgers University football players were arrested Thursday and charged with robbery, burglary while armed, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, riot and aggravated assault. The charges stem from a series of incidents in April and May that included a home invasion, an armed robbery and what police called an "unprovoked attack" on a group of individuals, including a Rutgers student whose jaw was broken. The players have been suspended indefinitely from the team, the university announced.

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Cross Country Coach, 88, Alleges Age Discrimination

A former men's and women's cross country coach at Hunter College has filed an age discrimination complaint against the college, alleging that he was “relegated to being an office assistant” because the college thought he was too old to continue as coach. Edwin Zarowin, who is 88, told The New York Times that Hunter officials asked him to step down as coach and to become an “athletic archivist.” Zarowin declined the offer, saying, “If this is the only option open to me, you will -- in essence -- have fired me.” His lawyer filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on July 10.

“We truly hoped that he would have accepted the position as sports archivist, a role that people would honor and appreciate, and continue to contribute to the Hunter community in a valued way,” the college said in a statement.

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Some say Virginia Commonwealth U's new student-professor relationship policy isn't tough enough

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Some say Virginia Commonwealth's student-faculty relationship policy reads more like an invitation than a prohibition.

More Harassment Allegations at Minnesota Athletic Department

An associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota has agreed to take leave from his position after the university hired outside lawyers to investigate five anonymous sexual harassment and discrimination complaints against him. One of the complaints alleges that Mike Ellis, the associate athletic director, had pornographic images of college-aged women on his cell phone that he shared with other staff members during a football game in 2012, according to the Star Tribune. After a senior staff member complained, that person was fired for "reorganization purposes," the complaint reads.

The investigation into Ellis comes less than a month after Minnesota's athletic director, Norwood Teague, resigned after two university employees filed sexual harassment complaints against him.

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Pacific 12 Conference promotes its teams, and U.S. college athletics model, in China

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Pac-12 is leading an effort to globalize U.S. intercollegiate sports, with a focus on China.


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