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The impact of a previous sexual assault on a person's grad school experience (essay)

Sexual Assault on Campus

An anonymous writer examines how to make higher education, in particular graduate education, more supportive for sexual assault survivors.

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Debate Over Policy Changes at 2 Christian Colleges

Two Christian colleges are facing criticism from some students and faculty members over policy changes that the colleges say are consistent with their faith and mission, but that others see as hurting academic values.

  • Cedarville University is now requiring faculty members to apply the New Testament verse Philippians 4:8, on the importance of purity, Christianity Today reported. The impact is that faculty member may no longer teach R-rated films, even something like Schindler's List, and students may no longer perform plays that have any swear words.
  • Montreat College is requiring all faculty members to sign a "covenant," which requires, among other things, "chastity among the unmarried and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman," WLOS News reported. While the college says this just clarifies existing policy, some faculty members may leave rather than sign the pledge.
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A successful black academic considers the twists and turns of her career (essay)

Terri E. Givens, now a provost, considers the twists and turns of her career, wondering how much her outward success reflects her unseen struggles as a black woman in academe.

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Online programs offer academic progression for nurses

The broad expansion of online programs has led to a dramatic increase in the number of registered nurses earning bachelor's degrees.

Robots in classrooms connect distance learners with classrooms

Colleges and universities are employing robots on wheels to connect online students with face-to-face classes.

Shortage of nursing faculty

In addition to the shortage of nurses, there's a short supply of nurses with advanced degrees who want to teach at colleges and universities.

ID2ID peer mentoring program for instructional designers

First-of-a-kind program will pair designers from around the country and globe to share experiences, solve collective problems and learn new skills.

Middlebury Professor Sorry for Co-Sponsoring Murray Talk

Prior to the visit of Charles Murray to Middlebury -- where he was shouted down by students -- the political science department at the college was criticized by Murray critics on campus for agreeing to co-sponsor the talk. At the time, the department said that it simply agreed to co-sponsor events that related to political science, and that doing so was not an endorsement of Murray.

Now the chair of political science is apologizing for agreeing without wide consultation to co-sponsor the event.

"Last week, I apologized to my departmental colleagues for this closed decision-making process, and I apologize now to the broader Middlebury community," said a letter from the chair, Bertram Johnson, published in the student newspaper, The Middlebury Campus. "The short amount of time between when the event became public and when it occurred gave all of us scant opportunity to listen to and understand alternative points of view. Most importantly, and to my deep regret, it contributed to a feeling of voicelessness that many already experience on this campus, and it contributed to the very real pain that many people -- particularly people of color -- have felt as a result of this event."

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CEO of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute Reinstated

Mary Beckerle was reinstated Tuesday to her position as director and CEO of the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Beckerle was fired suddenly via email last week, angering faculty members and the prominent Huntsman family of donors. She’ll now report directly to David Pershing, university president, according to the Tribune, in an agreement that walls her off from Vivian Lee, senior vice president of health sciences and CEO of university health care.

Kathy Wilets, university spokesperson, said the announcement "only changes the reporting structure,” between the cancer center and other medical facilities, however. "We continue to be an integrated system with shared clinical and research resources.” Lee declined requests for comment but Jon Huntsman, Sr. told the Tribune that she has previously expressed a desire to combine the cash-rich institute and the university’s medical school so the former would be a campus research facility. "I told her not on her life," Huntsman said.

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Indiana State Professor Accused of Fake Threats

An assistant professor of aviation technology at Indiana State University in Terre Haute was arrested Monday on charges of obstruction of justice and harassment, RTV 6-ABC reported. Azhar Hussain is accused of sending emails containing anti-Muslim messages and threats to members of the campus community -- and naming himself as a target. Campus police say that Hussain, who recently learned that he would not be reappointed to his position beyond 2018, also reported an alleged assault on his person last month. "Based upon the investigation, it is our belief that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by becoming a victim of anti-Muslim threats, which he had created," Joseph Newport, chief of campus police, said in a statement. Hussain has been suspended from teaching, according to the university.

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