The University of Texas at Austin took down dress code reminders that some found offensive in its School of Nursing Wednesday, but not before they made waves among students and on social media. The signs, which a university spokesman said were posted Tuesday by a well-meaning but ultimately misguided part-time staff member, told students not to wear "revealing clothing" that "distracts from the learning environment." Among a list of prohibited items were short skirts and "low-cut shirts that reveal cleavage." A student reportedly took a picture of one of the signs and sent it to Jezebel, which ran a critical post. "Remember, ladies! If you want to study to be a nurse at the University of Texas, you can't show too much of your midriff and thigh!" the post reads. "Because if your patient sees too much of your 'distracting' skin, he or she might forget to stop dying while you're trying to treat them or something." The piece was picked up by other blogs, including Feminist Philosophers.
J.B. Bird, university spokesman, said the signs were up for a total of 18 hours, and did not accurately reflect the college's dress code. Bird said the School of Nursing is the only part of the university that has a dress code, and that it exists not to police student apparel but to prepare future nurses for a profession that has a strict dress code, mainly for safety reasons. The school code applies to all nursing students, including the college's approximately 100 men, he said. On a university Tumblr account Wednesday, Gayle Timmerman, associate dean of academic affairs at the nursing school, said: "The signs we have taken down were not an accurate reflection of our policy. We’re not in the business of measuring skirt lengths. We are in the business of educating a new generation of nurses."
Kelly Cronin, the top fund-raiser in the University of Colorado System, is leaving the university after an investigation into why her assistant listened in on a private foundation board meeting, The Daily Camera reported. Officials said that there were a number of reasons she was leaving. But the departure -- less than a year after she started -- followed an investigation into why her assistant stayed on a conference call of the university's board after the board went into executive session. An investigation found no evidence Cronin asked the assistant to do so. But a spokesman for the university system said that the incident "damaged the relationship" between the university and the foundation board.
Joseph Saliba is stepping down as provost of the University of Dayton and returning to the faculty, WHIO News reported. The university characterized the shift as the end of a five-year term for the provost, but the move comes shortly after a faculty vote of no confidence in Saliba. Faculty have complained about a lack of commitment to shared governance.
Mark E. Arant, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, has been appointed as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern State University, in Oklahoma.
Susan Beatty, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, in Oregon, has been chosen as provost of the Sage Colleges.
David Smith, former president of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, has agreed to pay $100,000 and to retire from the university by October 1,The Albany Times Union reported. He is paying the funds to settle complaints that he took consulting payments from businesses that had contracts with SUNY Upstate without authorization and in violation of SUNY rules. His various business ties came to light as Pennsylvania State University was apparently on the verge of naming him as the institution's next president.
Bryan College, facing enrollment declines, is eliminating 20 of the 173 full-time employee positions, The Times Free Press reported. The college is also halting retirement contributions for a year, and imposing salary cuts on top administrators. The cuts come as some faculty members have already quit the Tennessee evangelical college because of a new statement of faith that they say required such a literal interpretation of the Bible that it was impossible for them to teach and sign the statement.
Colleges need to do a better job of promoting tolerance of diverse ideas, said Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, in a Harvard University commencement address Thursday, The Boston Globe reported. Bloomberg cited incidents in which students have questioned selections of commencement speakers or shouted down speakers on campus, and noted that this problem goes beyond campus as well. “Tolerance for other people’s ideas and the freedom to express your own are ... perpetually vulnerable to the tyrannical tendencies of monarchs, mobs, and majorities, and lately we’ve seen those tendencies manifest themselves too often, both on college campuses and in our society," he said. Bloomberg added that “a liberal arts education must not be the art of liberalism."
Some Harvard students this spring questioned whether Bloomberg should be invited to speak. They cited the "stop and frisk" police tactic used in New York City while he was mayor. But many other students -- including some who questioned the tactic -- defended his right to speak.