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Lesley settlement flags food allergies and campus dining

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Justice Department settlement with Lesley U. suggests that colleges may need to add specialized mealtime services for students with food allergies.

Emory Students Apologize for Remarks on Affirmative Action

Emory University students who produce "The Dooley Show," which is intended to be humorous, have issued an apology for a broadcast that angered many at the university. The show referenced the Supreme Court case on affirmative action in college admissions and urged viewers to help identify students who "shouldn’t be here and are only at the school because of affirmative action." Methods suggested for finding such students included lynching, tarring and feathering, and cross-burning. The apology states: "We at 'The Dooley Show' would like to apologize for the Supreme Court segment that has recently caused so much hurt, pain, and anger within the Emory Community.... The referred-to segment was poorly written and in poor taste, which we fully recognize.... As stated, we were not aware of the pain the segment would cause, the wounds existing on our campus it would open, or the dialogue it would recall. We should have considered more fully the horrible history our words recalled, and apologize immensely for not having done so.We too are members of the Emory community, and are deeply ashamed and sincerely sorry for all the pain and hurt our words have caused within it. Never at any point were they meant maliciously or to incite hatred towards anyone, anywhere."

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DePaul settles tenure disputes with three women as another cries foul

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With several high-profile disputes recently settled, and another in litigation, questions arise about university's commitment to diversity and academic freedom, as well as its tenure process.

Appeals court: HR administrator's controversial op-ed not protected speech

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Appeals court says University of Toledo had right to fire human resources director for op-ed questioning legitimacy of gay rights.

New Effort to Diversify Liberal Arts College Faculties

Connecticut, Middlebury and Williams Colleges on Friday announced a new effort to diversify the faculties of liberal arts colleges. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is providing funds for the colleges to work with Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley to organize an annual event where students at 23 liberal arts colleges will learn about graduate school opportunities at research universities and careers for those who earn doctorates, create research internships at the two universities for under-represented students at the colleges, and create postdoctoral fellowships for new Ph.D.s at the universities to experience life at liberal arts colleges.

 

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Gay students increasingly vocal at evangelical colleges

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This year, gay students at evangelical colleges have been increasingly organized and vocal in pressing for change.

Study suggests resource inequities may impact publishing records of women in science

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Why do women publish less in science, on average, than do men? A new study suggests that it may have to do with what universities provide in financial support.

University of Iowa adds optional question on sexual orientation

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Applicants don't have to tell, but they can indicate their identification as gay, and can select transgender as their gender. Iowa is the first major public university to make the move.

NJ Medical University Pays $4.65M to Settle Bias Suit

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has agreed to pay $4.65 million to settle a class action charging the institution with bias against female faculty members, NewJersey.com reported. The university declined to comment on the agreement. The suit charged sex discrimination was behind a $20,000 gender gap in the mean salaries of full professors who had been at the university for at least 10 years -- even though women in the sample brought in more research grants and also had more teaching responsibilities than did male professors.

 

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Baylor Investigates Photo of Party Mocking Mexicans

Baylor University is investigating a party at which students dressed as Mexican immigrants, KXXV News reported. Photographs of the party appeared on students' Facebook pages, showing women in sombreros, fake dirt on their faces and with signs (in green) labeled "green cards." Pennsylvania State University officials are currently investigating a similar incident.

 

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