Anti-Semitic graffiti appears on house of Jewish fraternity, and lecture canceled after some object to co-sponsorship by Hillel. Events come amid debate over environment for Jewish students nationally.
A Native American group called the Red Nation is urging the University of New Mexico to change its official seal, which features a conquistador and a frontiersman. To draw attention to the what those images glorify and ignore in the state's history, the Red Nation added skeletons to the seal and the tag line "What Indians?" and distributed copies of the altered seal on campus. University officials told KRQE News that the seal is rarely used except for graduation diplomas and some official matters, and that changing the seal would require action by the Board of Regents.
For the second time, a jury found that the University of Iowa didn’t discriminate against an applicant for a faculty position in the College of Law because he was too old, The Gazettereported. Donald Dobkin, an administrative law attorney who is now 62, first sued the university for age discrimination after he was denied a faculty position in 2008. The job went to a younger candidate with what Dobkin said were inferior qualifications, but a jury sided against him in 2012. He was denied a new trial and lost an appeal.
Dobkin launched a second suit that same year, based on a failed second attempt at a faculty job in 2010 (the job went to a 40-year-old, less experienced applicant, according to the most recent suit). Dobkin alleged discrimination based on age and employment, as well as retaliation for the first suit, but a jury sided against him this week. The university said in a statement that it was “pleased with the jury ruling and the recognition that the law school did not discriminate and did not retaliate.” Dobkin could not immediately be reached for comment, according to The Gazette.
The precarity of contingent faculty members limits their ability to make important structural changes in the academy, including responding to student demands for racial justice, writes Michelle Kweder.
Erie Community College has reached a settlement with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights on an investigation into whether the college complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 with regard to opportunities for female athletes, The Buffalo News reported. The college claimed that it was increasing opportunities relative to student interests, but the Education Department rejected that assertion. At Erie, women make up about half of the student body but only 32 percent of athletes. Further, the department found that the college has added some men's sports and cut women's teams in the period reviewed by OCR. Erie has agreed to take a number of steps, including surveying its female students on their athletic interests, reviewing why women's teams were eliminated and examining trends in local high school and college sports to determine if there are women's teams that might be added.