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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00am

The University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday announced new rules to protect the privacy of those who apply to enroll there. The rules stress the importance of privacy, and of sharing information about applicants only for specific, professionally related reasons. Just a few weeks ago, the university was embarrassed by reports that a former admissions officer had been mocking applicants on Facebook. But a university spokesman said via e-mail that the admissions privacy rules had been in the works for months and "were not in any way a response" to the behavior of the former admissions officer.



Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 4:31am

Faculty members, students and parents are criticizing Arcadia University's board for firing President Carl Oxholm III on Friday, and providing no explanation for the decision, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Oxholm had been in office for less than two years, but was getting good reviews on the campus. A university statement issued Tuesday afternoon -- after word of the firing leaked, gave no indication of the reason for the change. Oxholm issued a statement in which he said he was "surprised and disappointed," and that he was sad he had been unable to say farewell to students. Of his dismissal, he said: "It was without cause, and those who conveyed the decision to me declined to give me any reason or explanation for the decision or the speed of its implementation."


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 4:33am

The University of Tokyo is planning to replace its admissions exam within five years, The Japan Times reported. In its place a new system will be created, based in large part on interviews and on recommendations from the high schools of applicants.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

The University of Colorado at Boulder last year shut down a longstanding tradition of a major pot party on campus on April 20. Since then, Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, raising the hope of some that the university might not oppose the party this year. On Monday, the university made clear that the new statewide policy will have no impact on campus policy.  “We are committed to ending the unwelcome 4/20 gathering on the CU-Boulder campus, and this year’s approach represents the continuance of a multi-year plan to achieve that end,” said a statement from Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “What’s important here is the protection of CU’s missions of research, teaching and service. This isn’t about marijuana or drug laws. It’s about not disrupting the important work of a world-class university.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

A University of Iowa graduate student was killed Sunday in a clash with police officers, three of whom he injured, the Associated Press reported. The police had responded to a reported domestic incident at a trailer park when the shooting took place. Taleb Hussein Yousef Salameh, the graduate student, had been studying engineering.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

University College London is investigating reports that an event organized by the Islamic Education and Research Academy segregated the audience by gender, The Guardian reported. Students reported being told that women had to sit in the back, while spaces were provided up front for men, or for male-female couples.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

Northwestern University announced Monday that it would cut the size of its entering class by 10 percent, while also adding 25 percent to spending on financial aid. While several other law schools have made such moves, amid declines in law school applications and a tough job market for graduates, Northwestern is among the more highly regarded law schools to announce such a shift. “We can’t ignore the destabilizing forces that the legal industry is facing today,” said Daniel Rodriguez, the law dean, in a statement.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 4:21am

Pennsylvania State University on Monday revealed details on the cost of the outside investigation it commissioned into the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including the cost ($8.1 million) paid to the law firm that produced what is known as the Freeh Report, The Centre Daily Times reported. Those expenses bring the total expenses to date for the scandal to $41 million.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 4:28am

Faculty members at Arcadia University were told Monday night that President Carl Oxholm III has left the position, after less than two years in office, The Philadelphia Daily News reported. An e-mail sent to professors gave no reason for the sudden departure. Several students said on Twitter that they were disappointed with the news.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Rebecca Knickmeyer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explains how an infant’s brain can display signs of future neurological disorders. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.



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