Three students at Palomar College, in California, were killed in a car crash late Thursday, and five others were injured, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. All eight students were from Japan, and all were in a single car.
A professor at the University of Macau said he believed his contract was not renewed due to his political activism, TheNew York Timesreported. Bill Chou Kwok-ping, an associate professor of political science, was suspended for 24 days without pay in June based on complaints that he “attempted to impose his political beliefs on students, failed to provide different perspectives in class and discriminated against students.” Chou is an advocate for greater democratization in Macau, a former Portuguese colony that returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1999. A spokeswoman for the university did not immediately respond to the Times’s request for comment.
York University, in Canada, has been removing leaflets from campus that have angered many students, CBC News reported. The material appears to come from an anti-immigrant group and features photographs of York in the 1960s, claiming that the university was "100 percent white" in that decade and that it may soon be majority minority.
Security concerns are preventing the start of the academic year at Tripoli University, The Libya Herald reported. The campus is open only for students with specific administrative needs, such as obtaining permission to study abroad.
Following the third killing of a Chinese graduate student in the last two years, the University of Southern California is stepping up security efforts, The Los Angeles Times reported. The university will require safety training for all international students, and will instruct campus police about international students and their cultures. Further, unarmed security "ambassadors" who patrol and help students will now be used in the summer months, not just during the academic year.
The clashes between Israel and Hamas over the last month have left colleges and universities considering whether to bring students and faculty members there home. Institutions will face a new set of decisions with students about to depart for the region. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has announced it will suspend study abroad to Israel in the fall, The Republican reported. Smith College has decided not to bar study abroad in Israel, but will require students and their families to sign an additional waiver.