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Monitoring student behavior on Snapchat 'next to impossible,' administrators say

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Colleges and universities face few options to curb inappropriate behavior on Snapchat. Some have turned to educating students about responsible social media use.

NCAA Blamed for Baylor's Dismissal of Once-Homeless Athlete

The dismissal of a Baylor University football player who was homeless a year ago prompted widespread outrage directed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Wednesday after the player tweeted that the N.C.A.A. declared him ineligible for accepting help from a family friend. But the N.C.A.A. did not rule the student ineligible, and the association even allows for universities to apply for waivers for homeless students in need of assistance.

"In 2014, I was just a kid who [couch] surfed and took classes at a community college, but I had a dream to play college football," the player, Silas Nacita, said in a tweet that was shared more than 18,000 times. "However a few months before [I enrolled at Baylor], a close family friend approached me and said they didn't want me sleeping on floors and wondering how I was going to eat the next meal, so they insisted on putting me in an apartment and helping out with those living expenses." Because he accepted that offer "instead of choosing to be homeless," Nacita said, the N.C.A.A. declared him ineligible to play football.

The N.C.A.A. said on Wednesday that it did not declare Nacita ineligible and that Baylor has not requested a waiver for him. Baylor confirmed later that day that it was the university that declared Silas ineligible, not the N.C.A.A. "There was some misinformation on Twitter that caused that confusion," said Nicholas Joos, Baylor's executive associate athletic director of external affairs. Joos did not say why Nacita was dismissed or whether it would apply for the N.C.A.A.'s waiver. Nacita will reportedly remain a student at Baylor, and is there on academic -- not athletic -- scholarships.

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Letter Argues for Student Role in Sex Assault Hearings

Student presidents from 76 universities sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education this week opposing the Office for Civil Rights' recommendation that students should not be permitted to serve on panels adjudicating campus sexual assault cases.

"While we understand and support the good spirit of the recommendation -- to ensure well-trained and unbiased participation -- we strongly feel that it has significant unintended consequences," the letter reads. "Students provide valuable perspective as peers that faculty and staff cannot. They relate to the student experience directly and provide insight during questioning and discussion, enhancing the quality of hearings."

The letter, which was also sent to senators from 25 states, was written by Celia Wright, student president at Ohio State University. "A reasonable alternative would require adoption of baseline standards for training and confidentiality expectations for all members of conduct hearing boards," Wright wrote.

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Should colleges' crime alerts include reference to the race of suspects?

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U. of Minnesota restricts (but does not ban) racial identifications in messages about suspects. Should other colleges, facing criticism from minority students, follow suit?

Student Says University Required Her to 'Prosecute' Attacker

A female student is suing the State University of New York at Stony Brook, saying that the university required her to "prosecute" and cross-examine the student she accused of assaulting her. The female student had to create exhibits, write an opening statement and pursue witness testimony, she told The Journal News. The preparation, she said, took 60 hours and the hearing lasted 5 hours. In the end, the accused student was found not responsible for sexual misconduct. The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages and a court order banning the practice of requiring sexual assault victims to "prosecute their own cases and to cross-examine and be cross-examined by their assailants."

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has urged colleges to not allow such a practice. Stony Brook is one of two SUNY institutions under pending Title IX investigations by the office. In October, months after the student's assault, all 64 SUNY campuses adopted a new systemwide sexual assault policy, including agreeing to use a uniform definition of consent and to provide victims with a bill of rights. The new policy does not mention whether students should be required to cross-examine their alleged attackers.

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Report marks growing educational disadvantage for children of single-parent families

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Students who grow up in single-parent homes complete fewer years of education and are less likely to earn a college degree, a new report finds.

New presidents or provosts: Adelphi Cottey FAMU Pierce St. Cloud UNO Zane

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  • Chad Brown, provost and executive vice president of Zane State College, in Ohio, has been promoted to president there.
  • Andrew H. Card Jr., acting dean of the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, has been selected as president of Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire.

Western Nevada Eliminates Athletics

Western Nevada College announced Tuesday that it is eliminating its two intercollegiate teams, baseball and softball, The Record Courier reported. Officials said they could not justify the expense -- $400,000 a year for 50 students who played on the teams.

 

New Report on Sex Assaults at Start of College

Three percent of female college students responding to a new survey reported being sexually assaulted within their first four to six weeks of college. The survey, conducted by EverFi, an education company that specializes in sexual assault prevention training, included 530,000 students from more than 400 institutions. Nearly 10 percent of female respondents said they had been assaulted by their senior year, as had 4 percent of male students. Thirteen percent of female students in the survey said they had been assaulted prior to coming to college. The survey defined sexual assault as being "pressured or forced into sexual contact without consent."

The Justice Department estimates that 6.1 per 1,000 female students are sexually assaulted, and the oft-cited and oft-criticized National Institute of Justice Campus Sexual Assault Study puts that number at 1 in 5.

 

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Today Is National Adjunct Walkout Day

As part of National Adjunct Walkout Day today, many adjuncts -- along with some students and tenure-line faculty members -- will walk out of their classes or participate in other forms of protest on campuses across the U.S. and Canada. The idea was posed in the fall on social media to highlight adjuncts' working conditions, lack of job security and relatively low pay. Many adjuncts on unionized campuses are prohibited by their collective bargaining agreements or state laws from walking out, but many unions have pledged to support the effort through awareness campaigns, such as teach-ins. A list of actions is available here, and updates will be posted throughout the day on Twitter under #NAWD and on Facebook.

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