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After four scholarship players left the team, Boston University is investigating whether Kelly Greenberg, its women's basketball coach, has abused players, The Boston Globe reports.
"We have been made aware of issues and concerns about Coach Greenberg, and we’re taking a very serious look at them from both inside and outside of athletics," said Colin Riley, a spokesman for the university, in an interview with the newspaper.
The university has investigated Ms. Greenberg's treatment of players before. In 2008, the Globe says, the university told parents of a player who had quit the team that her complaints "helped Coach Greenberg appreciate that her style has been difficult, and that she has also made substantive mistakes that she deeply regrets."
The University of Colorado at Boulder has placed an associate professor of philosophy on paid leave for unspecified reasons and barred him from the campus, the Daily Camera reported.
An email from the philosophy department’s chairman told faculty members to call the police if they saw the professor, Dan Kaufman, on the campus.
The news came weeks after the university released a report on widespread sexual harassment in the philosophy department, although there was no indication that Mr. Kaufman...
Faculty members at Southern Oregon University have voted to express no confidence in the leadership of three top university officials, the Mail Tribune reported.
Of the 217 faculty members who took part in the vote, 63 percent expressed no confidence in Mary Cullinan, Southern Oregon’s president. James M. Klein, the university’s provost, and Craig Morris, its vice president for finance and administration, received no-confidence votes from 71 percent and 76 percent of the participants, accord...
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has fired its director of bands, five months after the flagship’s marching band issued a statement saying it was in a “bitter battle” with the athletics department, the Associated Press reported.
The director, Gary Sousa, will remain a tenured professor in the School of Music. He was placed on leave on October 14 for the remainder of the fall semester, for activities that university officials said were insubordinate. That was about a week after the march...
The Idaho House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation that would permit concealed guns to be carried on the state’s public-college campuses, The Spokesman-Review reported.
The House passed the measure by a vote of 50 to 19. The state Senate approved the bill last month. The measure would exempt dormitories and venues such as stadiums and auditoriums that have a seating capacity of more than 1,000 people.
The presidents of Idaho’s eight public colleges and universities have spoken o...
References to a new South Dakota campus of the University of Northern Virginia, an unaccredited institution that last year had its license to operate in Virginia revoked, have been removed from the institution’s website, the Associated Press reported.
Virginia took away the university’s authority to operate in its home state for failing to make progress toward accreditation, but the AP recently reported that the university had resurfaced in faraway South Dakota.
Photographs showing a fountain in...
Purdue University and a donor have reached an agreement to avoid a potential First Amendment fight after officials originally refused to install a plaque that referred to God, fearing it could be construed as a government endorsement of religion, the Journal and Courier reported on Thursday.
Purdue and the donor, Michael McCracken, came to an agreement on an amended plaque inscription that includes a sentence specifying that the reference to God is Mr. McCracken’s and not the public university...
Victory University, a for-profit college in Memphis that enrolls about 1,900 students, will close at the end of this semester because of financial problems, The Commercial Appeal has reported. The college describes itself as “Christ-centered” and focused on the liberal arts. A campus official told the newspaper that the university held a meeting this week to discuss its financial struggles, but that the prospect of closing had not been raised.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a controversial change in the core curriculum of the Alamo Colleges that faculty members had lobbied against, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Starting this fall, the five-institution community-college district will replace a requirement in the humanities with a course on leadership, which will in part draw on the strategies found in the self-help book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
The proposal angered many faculty m...
Lawyers representing a former West Virginia University football player have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA and its five most-powerful conferences, alleging that they conspired to cap the value of athletics scholarships below players’ cost of attending college, The Birmingham News reports.
The suit seeks an injunction that enjoins the NCAA and the five major conferences from maintaining the present NCAA bylaw limiting financial aid to the currently defined grant-in-aid value. ...