Higher Education Quick Takes

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April 21, 2015

A group of trustees elected by alumni to Pennsylvania State University's governing board sued the university -- and the board -- to try to seek access to documents related to the 2012 investigation into sexual abuse by a former football coach, the Centre Daily Times reported. The cadre of trustees say they need access to some of the documents the university produced in response to Louis Freeh's inquiry into Jerry Sandusky's behavior -- documents that are protected by a confidentiality agreement -- to do their job as stewards and help develop a strategic plan. But their lawsuit follows an attempt by several of the same trustees to get access to those documents so they could do their own, competing review into the Sandusky matter.

April 21, 2015

A decision by administrators at St. Thomas Aquinas College to cancel a drag show planned by the campus Gender and Sexuality Alliance club has prompted debate at the New York Roman Catholic institution, The Journal News reported. The Student Government Association had approved the event (and allocated $150 in student activities funds for it) but campus officials quashed it this month, saying they worried that without educating students ahead of time, the event would result in participating students being made fun of. But students and faculty members said the administrators' decision belied the campus's reputation for being welcoming and supportive of gay students and staff members.

April 21, 2015

Louise Gunning has resigned as chair of the University of Amsterdam management board amid criticism of her decision to send in riot police to break up a student sit-in, Dutch News reported. Students have questioned whether university leaders continue to consult with students and faculty members.

 

April 21, 2015

The University of Hong Kong will not require its undergraduate students to visit mainland China, an administrator there said Monday amid blowback from students concerned about China's growing influence on the former British colony, The New York Times reported. A senior official at the university described as "clumsy" his remarks to students last week that "if students do not wish to go to China, they should not come to Hong Kong U."  The Times quoted the president of the university's student union as saying that students should be free to choose where they study abroad, and that mainland China should not be required.

April 21, 2015

In today's Academic Minute, Elizabeth Thomas, a molecular and cellular neuroscientist at the Scripps Research Institute, describes her work to cure Huntington’s disease on a genetic level. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

April 20, 2015

The University of Wisconsin at Madison plans to cut 400 positions and drastically trim its budget, a response to Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to cut $300 million from the UW system over the next two years. In a blog post on Friday, Madison Chancellor Becky Blank said the university is facing a "structural deficit that may be as much as $96 million as a result of state budget cuts in the upcoming year." Meanwhile Walker, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination, said earlier this week that the state might reduce funding less than originally planned, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

April 20, 2015

A military veteran was briefly detained by Valdosta State University police Friday after she grabbed a U.S. flag on which protesters were walking, The Valdosta Daily Times reported. The veteran acknowledged that she took a flag that didn't belong to her but said she objected to the protesters walking on the flag. While she admitted to resisting arrest, authorities only gave her a criminal trespass warning. The university issued this statement: "We respect the rights of people to peacefully assemble and voice their opinions. Our primary concern is the safety of our students, faculty and staff and our ability to carry out our responsibilities to all our students on campus. We are monitoring the situation."

 

April 20, 2015

The Post, the student newspaper at Ohio University, has revealed and apologized for a deal one of its editors made with Roderick J. McDavis, the university's president. Under the deal, McDavis wrote essays for the newspaper with the pledge that no conflicting opinions to his essays would appear for 24 hours. In an editorial revealing the deal, the Post said that the deal was inconsistent with its values of editorial independence, and so was suspending for two weeks the editor who made the deal. A spokesperson for the university told The Athens News that the agreement was reached in a discussion about various other issues, such as the newspaper's editorial guidelines and intended frequency for the feature.

April 20, 2015

Three people were shot at a fraternity and sorority cookout at Delaware State University Saturday, The News Journal reported. Those who were shot were hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition. Early Sunday morning, shots were heard in a university parking lot.

 

April 20, 2015

Female faculty members at a unit of the University of California at Los Angeles medical school faced biased treatment, "demeaning" treatment and retaliation for reporting violations of research rules, The Los Angeles Times reported an internal investigation has found. The results of the probe have not been released but were obtained by the Times and confirmed by UCLA.

 

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