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Colby College responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Colby College won't describe details of sexual misconduct charges that led 15 students to be suspended or withdraw, but some see overdue discussions taking place on campus.

Arizona debates legislation on classroom obscenity, political discrimination

One Arizona bill would punish professors who violate FCC obscenity standards; another seeks to protect conservative faculty from alleged discrimination.

Study aims to learn why some black men succeed in college

Studying African-American males who "made it" to college, Penn scholar seeks to understand why -- and to get campus leaders and researchers to focus on success rather than just failure.

Federal probe raises new questions on discrimination against Asian American applicants

Conventional wisdom says Asian-American applicants face higher hurdle than others at elite colleges. Federal probe raises question of whether differential standards can be proven and -- if so -- would violate the law.

College officials discuss religious pluralism at AACU meeting

Many faculty and staff are clearly interested in promoting religious pluralism. The question is, how? Some colleges are trying to figure it out.

Deans of Indian origin proliferate at top U.S. business schools

Why are so many deans of the top U.S. business schools of Indian descent? The answers might lie in the changing world order.

Veterans-only classes both expanding and closing

While more colleges create sections only for those with military backgrounds, some institutions move away from that model.

Racist Slur in Text Roils Georgia Southern

A text sent from one student to another -- including a racist slur -- has set off a controversy at Georgia Southern University. The two new students, roommates, were texting and one texted of the other, “Her insta looks pretty normal not too niggerish.” The student who sent the text then followed with a text saying that she meant "triggerish" and that a spell-checker changed the word. “I meant to say triggerish, meaning like, you seemed really cool nothing that triggered a red flag! I’m so embarrassed I apologize.” The texts were widely shared on social media with many questioning the explanation, and many saying that they typed the word "triggerish" into their phones and did not have any slurs appear. Some students on campus are demanding that the student be punished.

The university president, Shelley Nickel, responded with a statement on Twitter saying in part, “The use of such racist comments is offensive and unacceptable and in no way reflects the attitudes or values of Georgia Southern University. To be clear, there is no place for bigotry or racism on our campuses.”

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Deep Springs College admits and enrolls first class including women

Applications were up, and women will make up two-thirds of the first-year class at small and intense institution.

Building Names, Racism and Florida State

Florida State University has announced plans to seek legislative approval to change the name of its law school building and to move a statue, but not to change another building name that some students would like to see changed.

John Thrasher, president of Florida State, said that he would seek legislative permission to change the name of B. K. Roberts Hall, which houses the law school. Roberts played a key role in creating the law school, but he was also a judge who wrote decisions throughout the 1950s that upheld segregation. Thrasher said keeping the name was inconsistent with the values of the university and its law school.

However, Thrasher is opting not to change the name of Eppes Hall (right), which honors Francis Eppes VII, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, who played a role (although the exact nature of the role is subject to debate) in the creation of Florida State. Eppes was also a slave owner. Thrasher said that the slave connection should be noted, but the building name should remain because of the "significant contributions" made by Eppes to Florida State. At the same time, Thrasher said that a statue of Eppes should be moved from its prominent location and that information should be added to the statue noting that Eppes owned slaves and served as a justice of the peace who oversaw the capture of escaped slaves.

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