Quick Takes: Harvard Increases Tenure Offers to Women, Senate Votes to Extend Patriot Act, Strike Averted at Kent State, Legal Win for Salisbury U.

August 1, 2005
  • Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences offered nine women tenured jobs in the 2004-5 academic year -- 27 percent of such job offers, an increase over the previous year's share of 13 percent, according to an analysis in today's Boston Globe. The newspaper reported that the percentage of such job offers going to women declined in the first three years of the presidency of Lawrence H. Summers, but increased this year, with Summers facing scrutiny for his comments about women.
  • The U.S. Senate voted on Friday to extend most provisions of the USA Patriot Act indefinitely, but it extended by only four years controversial provisions giving law enforcement officials access (opposed by many academic librarians) to certain library records.
  • Kent State University and its faculty union have reached a tentative settlement on a new contract, ending fears that a strike would start before the start of the academic year. While  details of the settlement were not available, the key point of conflict has been health benefits.
  • Jurors in Maryland found Friday that Salisbury University did not engage in illegal sex discrimination in dismissing a male vice president of university advancement. But several jurors told The Delmarva Daily Times that they believed gender was one factor in the dismissal. The university said that only job-related factors were considered.
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