Christine Plunkett, president of the financially struggling Burlington College, told protesters who confronted her Friday, "I resign. Happy? Goodbye," The Burlington Free Press reported. The newspaper said that other officials indicated that Plunkett had not resigned. Plunkett did not respond to an email from Inside Higher Ed seeking clarification of her status, but on Monday, the board released a statement indicating that she had resigned, and announcing new interim leadership, the Free Pressreported.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday announced revisions to its policies to handling sexual assaults, The News & Observer reported. Under the new policies, a trained university investigator will handle complaints, and that investigator's findings can be appealed to a panel of faculty and staff members. In 2012, under intense criticism for its handling of sexual assault accusations, the university stripped a student honor court of the power to adjudicate them. The new policy also defines consent, saying that it must be affirmed by both parties in a positive way. Further, the policy says that those who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs are unable to give consent.
The philosophy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has voted no confidence in Chancellor Phyllis Wise and other university leaders, The News-Gazette reported. The vote is based on the recent decision by Wise to block the appointment of Steven Salaita to a position in the American Indian studies program. The resolution states that "the recent words and actions of Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, and the Board of Trustees in connection with the revocation of an offer of employment to Dr. Steven Salaita betray a culpable disregard not only for academic freedom and free speech generally but also for the principles of shared governance and established protocols for hiring, tenure, and promotion."
Suffolk University on Wednesday replaced President James McCarthy, who had been in office since 2012, The Boston Globe reported. Few details were provided about why the change was made. Norman R. Smith, former president of Wagner College, was named interim president.
As part of a deal with its faculty union, the University of Saskatchewan has agreed to end the right of the president to veto tenure decisions, The Star Phoenix reported. Faculty at the university see the veto as antithetical to academic freedom. The agreement comes in the wake of numerous disputes over the relative power of administrators and faculty members at the Canadian university.