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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.

Author discusses new book about history of black activist challenges to the Ivy League

Author discusses his new book about history of black activism and the civil rights movement at Ivy League universities.

Jordan Peterson dishes out what he sees as harsh truths, but can he take them in return?

Jordan Peterson dishes out what he sees as harsh truths, but can he take them in return? Critics see hypocrisy and even misogyny in his threats to sue them for defamation.

Yale law investigates reports that faculty members encouraged female students to appear like models to seek Kavanaugh clerkships

Did faculty members encourage female applicants for his clerkships to appear like models?

Yale Backtracks on Endowed Chair for Known Harasser

Yale University stripped a professor previously found to have harassed a junior colleague of his endowed chair, according to the The Washington Post. Yale said over the summer that it had transferred the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professorship to Michael Simons, a cardiologist who was in 2013 found to have harassed a postdoctoral researcher. That’s after the family of Robert W. Berliner, the late dean of the Yale School of Medicine, expressed concern that Simons still held the professorship named after Berliner that he’d held since 2008. Students and faculty members criticized Yale’s decision, saying it was inappropriate to bestow what seemed like a new honor on a known harasser.

The university said earlier this month that Simons’s new chair was not supposed to be new honor. But on Friday, it walked back its decision completely, according to The Post, with Robert J. Alpern, dean of medicine, saying in an all-campus email that it "has become clear that members of our community perceive the transfer of chairs as bestowing a new honor, and that this action is viewed as a statement about our values. I acknowledge the strength of the community’s perception, and I am extremely concerned about its impact on the community’s well-being.”

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Harvard's admissions 'discrimination' is appropriate (opinion)

The real question should be whether the discrimination is legal and serves an educational purpose, writes David Karen.

Colleges and politicians promote free speech for some but insist on civility for others (opinion)

Some views are allowed to go unchallenged in higher education today, writes Kamden K. Strunk, while those from marginalized groups are told to be polite.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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UCLA student sues fraternities, says they should do more to protect against rape

An anonymous UCLA sexual assault survivor is suing Greek chapters and the council that governs them, saying they should have protected her from a rapist.

Editors discuss new book on Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford

Editors discuss new book about drive to remove honors for Cecil Rhodes from universities in Britain and elsewhere.

Professor Who Used N-Word Won't Teach Required Courses

Paul Zwier, the professor of law at Emory University who was suspended from teaching earlier this semester for using the N-word in a torts class to discuss a case involving racial discrimination, will only teach nonmandatory courses for the next two years so that no student is obligated to take his class, the university announced Tuesday. In a letter to law students, faculty, staff and alumni, James B. Hughes Jr., Emory’s interim dean of law, said Zwier volunteered to revise the teaching manual for his textbooks to address inclusive ways of covering racially sensitive topics, and he will work with a small group of student leaders and faculty members to promote and participate in dialogues on racial sensitivity. Zwier also will complete sensitivity and unconscious bias training.

Zwier “has agreed that each of the above actions is appropriate, and he is in full support of them,” Hughes wrote. “We are a diverse collection of individuals bound together by a common set of interests and values. We sometimes disagree among ourselves and disappoint each other, but the ties that bind us compel acceptance of our flaws and forgiveness of transgressions -- especially when mistakes are acknowledged, sincere efforts to make amends are made, and forgiveness is sought. At this moment, we are presented with an opportunity to demonstrate and enhance our strength by drawing our community closer together. Let us seize it.”

In a separate memo to the law school, Zwier said that he’d used a word “that can and does cause harm, and I am writing to you to take responsibility for the harm I caused.” He added, “I have learned from this experience, and I am committed to taking positive steps -- altering my torts materials and teacher’s manual to better insure that what happened is less likely to happen again in future discussions of these cases. In my classroom teaching, I will also endeavor to be more sensitive in future conversations about cases involving allegations of racist behavior. Please accept my apology.”

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