Quick Takes: New Charges Against Churchill, Court Victory for Southern Miss., Tuition Outrage in Colo., Stench Fear at Crowder, NCAA Alters Ga. Penalties, Edward Waters Settlement

June 6, 2005
  • An investigation by The Rocky Mountain News found three instances in which Ward Churchill, the embattled professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, published the work of others without their permission. According to the report -- on which Churchill is not commenting -- he did not claim the work as his own, but reproduced it in a book and other publications, without seeking permission to reprint or, in some cases, to make changes.
  • The University of Southern Mississippi won a state court ruling Friday that it has the right to proceed with a new program in casino management. Jim Hood, attorney general of Mississippi,  had challenged that right, but according to an article in The Sun Herald, a state judge found that Mississippi's Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning has the sole right to approve new degree programs, and did so in this case.
  • The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted Saturday to increase tuition by as much as 28 percent. The Denver Post reported that the increase set off a barrage of criticism from state officials, who said that the university had pledged to minimize increases.
  • Crowder College, in Neosho, Mo., is opposing a plan by a nearby, egg-producing farm to build a new facility one mile from campus, according to The Neosho Daily News. The newspaper said that students and faculty members already complain of a periodic stench from the farm and fear that the situation could worsen.
  • The NCAA's Division I Infractions Appeals Committee upheld most of the penalties imposed last August against the University of Georgia's sports program and Jim Harrick Jr., a former assistant men's basketball coach. In response to an appeal by the university, the NCAA reduced some scholarship penalties imposed on the men's basketball program. But the panel upheld a "show cause" order that will require any institution that seeks to hire Harrick over the next seven years to defend its decision before the NCAA.
  • Edward Waters College, in Florida, has reached a tentative settlement of a lawsuit against its accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, under which the college will keep its accreditation. College officials have said that they were denied due process when the association voted to revoke accreditation.
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