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North Carolina bathroom law could change practices at public colleges and universities

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New North Carolina law requires public colleges to segregate bathrooms by biological birth gender, forcing transgender students and faculty members to use facilities that don't reflect their identities. UPDATE: Three university employees sue.

After Hack by Neo-Nazi Group, Anti-Semitic Fliers Appear on Campus Printers

Students at various colleges nationwide were stunned and upset Friday to find anti-Semitic fliers (below) on campus printers. Many students initially assumed that someone in their library or residence hall had printed the flier. But as the day went on, more campuses reported the same flier on their printers. The flier -- including two swastikas -- accuses Jews of "destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy." A neo-Nazi group that runs the website called The Daily Stormer (named in the flier) took credit for hacking the various printers and expressed pleasure in the distress of students who found the fliers.

Colleges and universities that received the fliers denounced them and said that they were investigating how their printers were hacked and were taking steps to try to prevent further such hacking.

Among the institutions where the fliers showed up were Brown University, California State University at Long Beach, Clark University, DePaul University, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, Smith College, Princeton University, the University of California at Davis, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Oregon, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Southern California.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, called The Daily Stormer an "up-and-comer in the heated competition to rule the hate web." The center's report on the website may be found here.

In an unrelated incident students at Hollins University were surprised on Easter morning to discover that someone had painted a swastika on the Rock, a campus landmark that students regularly paint with various messages, The Roanoke Times reported. Campus security immediately painted it over, and students later repainted again, with the message "Take Back the Rock."

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New round of chalkings at Emory and new debate on pro-Trump message at Scripps

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Emory students draw images related to all the presidential candidates, seeking to promote free speech; Scripps student government leader sets off debate by condemning "Trump 2016" note written on student's whiteboard.

Coach Fired for Ban on Players Dating Each Other

Prairie View A&M University last week fired Dawn Brown as women's basketball coach after players said that her rule on dating one another violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The Houston Chronicle reported. The athletes said that the rule was effectively discrimination against lesbians since the team is single sex. Brown's agent denied that the rule reflected bias against lesbians, noting that team members were also barred from dating trainers, managers and others affiliated with the team, and that the nonteam members covered by the rule included men.

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Writing program association continues to debate access for members with disabilities

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A major writing conference caught flak last year for rejecting panels about disabilities in writing. It's made some changes, but some still aren't satisfied.

How faculty of color can achieve a good work-life balance in academe (essay)

In higher education institutions, faculty of color are professionally and mentally stretched. Dwayne A. Mack provides practical strategies to achieve a better work-life balance and avoid burnout.

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Debate grows over pro-Trump chalkings at Emory

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Backlash is mounting against Emory students who protested pro-Trump chalk messages. University's president is under fire for not dismissing them outright.

Judge eliminates for-profit Decker College's $31 million debt to Education Department

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Federal judge backs finding that an accreditor misled the Education Department about a now-closed for-profit institution, and relieves most of the college's debt.

U of California draft policy on intolerance is modified and moves forward

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U of California alters definitions in proposed statement on intolerance that is attracting considerable scrutiny from faculty members and activists.

Study suggests student affairs officials not influenced by race

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Inspired by findings of bias at the K-12 level, a study sought to see if higher ed officials would impose harsher penalties on hypothetical black students than on white ones.

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