Faculty Vote of No Confidence at Walla Walla

Professors in the arts and sciences at Walla Walla Community College have voted no confidence in President Steven VanAusdle, criticizing what they say is a lack of support for non-vocational programs and a poor administrative style, The Union-Bulletin reported. After the vote, the board of the college issued a strong statement of support for the president.


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Education Department publishes final rules on campus crime reporting

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New rules from the Department of Education will require colleges to provide crime statistics on dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, as well as on reported crimes that were determined to be unfounded.

Public Protest Over State of Band at U. of Oklahoma

An unusual ad has appeared in newspapers in Oklahoma and Texas criticizing the University of Oklahoma's leadership of the Pride of Oklahoma, a marching band that performs at football games (at left), The Tulsa World reported. The ad -- which quotes many students anonymously -- notes that a requirement to join the band is to agree not to criticize it in any public way. Some students say that the band, once considered one of the best in the country, has fallen considerably in recent years. David Boren, president of the university, issued this statement: “I’ve long had a policy of not responding to anonymous personal attacks,” he wrote in an email response. “It’s a shame that people would waste their money on such ads instead of supporting scholarships for our students.”


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Cornell U. Severs Ties to JanSport

Cornell University announced Friday that it is severing ties to JanSport, a manufacturer of college apparel with which Cornell had worked, over concerns about the safety of workers in Bangladesh. A statement from the university said that it acted because VF Corporation, which owns JanSport, has not signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. A spokesman for VF, which maintains a website in which it says it works to promote safe working conditions in Bangladesh, said that the company has joined another group -- Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety -- to help its employees there.



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Syracuse U. Withdraws Invitation Over Ebola Fears

Syracuse University has withdrawn an invitation for a campus visit to a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo journalist over fears he might transmit Ebola, even though he has been away from Ebola areas for more than 21 days, symptom-free, News Photographer magazine reported. The photograph is Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from Liberia 21 days ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that those who are symptom-free for 21 days can be considered not to have Ebola. "I just got off the phone with the dean [Lorraine Branham, of the journalism school], and I am pissed off," du Cille said. "I am disappointed in the level of journalism at Syracuse, and I am angry that they missed a great teaching opportunity. Instead they have decided to jump in with the mass hysteria."

Branham told the magazine that the university was responding to student concerns. "He was disinvited because of concerns that were generated by some students that led me to believe that it would lead to even more concerns," Branham said. "So it was in the best interest of the students for me to withdraw the invitation." Added the dean: "It's my responsibility to protect the students. Twenty-one days is the CDC's standard, but there have been questions raised about whether the incubation period is longer. I knew that parents would be upset. And at the end of the day my concern is about the students."

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Williston State President On Leave Amid Charges of Alcohol Misconduct

The North Dakota University System has placed Williston State College President Raymond Nadolny on administrative leave while state officials investigate allegations of misconduct involving alcohol, InForum reported. In a letter Wednesday, the news service reported, System Chancellor Larry Skogen said he had hired an independent investigator to explore charges of misconduct, and warned that the inquiry could lead to Nadolny's dismissal.



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Staffer: U. of Cincinnati Violated His Religious Freedom

Matthew Faulkner, an information technology staff member at the University of Cincinnati, is suing the institution for allegedly violating his freedoms of speech and religion. In the lawsuit he recently filed in a U.S. District Court, Faulkner says that he was asked to give a speech on servant leadership as part of the university's voluntary IT Leadership Academy in September 2013. Faulkner says that, consistent with his religious beliefs, he made several biblical references in his remarks. Several months after that speech, he says, he received a letter from the university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Access accusing him of having violated several university policies. The letter also allegedly asked to refrain from making biblical references going forward. Faulkner was asked to attend sensitivity training, too. He is seeking all disciplinary actions against him to be voided, as well as an unspecified amount in compensatory damages. University officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Typo on Indiana U. Sculpture of Famed Correspondent

A bronze statue of journalist Ernie Pyle recently unveiled at Indiana University contains a spelling error on the Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent's bomber jacket, the Bloomington Herald-Times reported. The word "correspondent," featured on a patch on Pyle's shoulder, is missing an "r." The statue will still be dedicated on Friday during the inauguration of the university's new Media School but the error will be fixed later, an IU spokesman said.

The Media School is a merger between the IU School of Journalism and two other departments. Until the merger, the School of Journalism was housed in a building named after the former IU student, and the statue was created as a new way to honor him. It's not the first time that an attempt at memorializing Pyle has needed an extra round of copy editing. In 2011, Hasbro released a G.I. Joe figure of Pyle, and the biography included on the figure's packaging mistakenly stated that he attended Indiana State University.

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Boulder Philosophy Again Accepting Grad Applications

Would-be graduate students in philosophy may again apply to the University of Colorado at Boulder, to begin their studies in fall 2015. Graduate admissions to the department were suspended last year after an external study of its climate described systemic sexual harassment and bullying. Andy Cowell, who was appointed interim chair of philosophy following the American Philosophical Association subcommittee's unflattering report, said in a statement that department faculty members “had willingly participated in numerous facilitated department workshops, as well as activities and exercises to build the culture" spanning the last nine months. Current graduate students were involved in the reform process. Provost Russell L. Moore called the department's efforts "laudable," saying they could serve as a model for other departments struggling with climate issues.


Sex Week events draw criticism on some campuses

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Facing backlash, some colleges are apologizing or pushing for more toned-down events -- even though the original concepts have won praise from experts.


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