Higher Education Quick Takes

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January 9, 2015

A University of Oregon student is suing the university and its men's basketball coach, alleging that they knowingly recruited a basketball player who had previously been accused of sexual assault and suspended from Providence College. That player, Brandon Austin, was one of three members of the Oregon basketball team who were accused of sexually assaulting the female student last year. All three were suspended for up to 10 years, or for as long as it takes for the female student to graduate. The three athletes were not charged, Oregon Live reports, though the district attorney acknowledged that the Eugene Police Department's investigation concluded that there was "no doubt the incidents occurred."

The suit also alleges that the University of Oregon scrubbed the players' transcripts of any references to sexual misconduct, making it easier for them to transfer to play elsewhere. Austin was able transfer again, this time to Northwest Florida State College, where he is now a member of the basketball team. Steve DeMeo, Northwest Florida State's head basketball coach, has acknowledged Austin's previous suspensions, saying at the time of the transfer that "the college has decided to give this young man an opportunity to continue his education."

January 9, 2015

An instructor at a Nova Scotia university resigned his position Thursday after admitting to having had a sexual relationship with a student he met during an online course, MetroNews reported. Michael Kydd, who teaches business part time at Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax, acknowledged at a news conference that the relationship -- which he described as consensual -- violated the university's code of conduct. He said he met the 38-year-old student while teaching a distance education course. Kydd said he was separated from his wife at the time, but called the relationship a "serious error in judgment."

January 9, 2015

North Dakota legislators introduced a bill Thursday that would let accused students be represented by a lawyer in campus judicial hearings, InForum reported. The legislation would grant students in disciplinary hearings that did not involve academic misconduct the right to pay for their own representative; student organizations would have a similar right. The legislators said they were motivated in part by a high-profile 2010 case in which a student was barred from campus for three years after being accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, who was later charged with falsifying a report to law enforcement, according to InForum. The penalties against the accused student were ultimately lifted.

January 9, 2015

A website formed to crowdfund payments to former college athletes has begun collecting live contributions, despite attempts from colleges and conferences to shut it down, CBS Sports reported. The website, FanPay, has received under $1,000 in anonymous donations so far, but its owner insists that it is compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, despite warnings from dozens of colleges this fall (in cease-and-desist letters) that the promised donations could render the athletes ineligible for further collegiate competition.

January 9, 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday announced a $118 million gift from an alumnus, Samuel Tak Lee, to create a real estate entrepreneurship lab that will promote social responsibility among entrepreneurs and academics in the real estate profession worldwide, with a focus on China. The gift will fund fellowships to attract students; will support research on sustainable real estate development and global urbanization; and will make the lab’s curriculum available online to learners worldwide via the MOOC provider MITx.

 

 

January 9, 2015

Time again for Inside Higher Ed's Cartoon Caption Contest.

Click here to suggest a caption for this month's cartoon.

You can vote here for your favorite among the three captions chosen by our panel of judges as the cleverest submitted for last month's cartoon.

And congratulations to John Reis, a professor of engineering at East Carolina University and winner of our contest for November. His caption for the cartoon at left -- "I thought the chair was speaking metaphorically when he mentioned crossing the River Styx to get funding from the dean." -- was voted the winner by our readers. Pretty good literary reference for an engineer. He has won a gift certificate and a copy of the cartoon signed by Matthew Henry Hall.

January 9, 2015

Cabrini College and Pine Manor College have become the latest institutions to drop requirements that all applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.

 

January 9, 2015

In today's Academic Minute, David Cotter, chair of sociology at Union College, in New York, dissects shifting attitudes toward gender bias. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


 

January 8, 2015

The woman who says that Jameis Winston raped her is suing Florida State University, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. Winston, a star quarterback who on Wednesday announced plans to enter the National Football League draft, has denied raping her. Numerous journalistic investigations have raised questions about whether Florida State or local authorities took the charges seriously. The suit charges that the university largely refused to investigate and didn't fill the woman in on her various legal options. The university again on Wednesday denied wrongdoing in the case.

 

January 8, 2015

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center finds that some colleges let debit cards be used by students to pay for tobacco products that their parents may be subsidizing without knowledge. Of the top 100 colleges and universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 11 allow cigarettes to be purchased with debit cards and 13 allow e-cigarette sales on cards that are typically prepaid by parents. The researchers called on colleges to stop the practice.

 

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