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Andrew Ross, a faculty member at New York University who has been a sharp critic of the abuse of migrant workers in the construction of its campus in the United Arab Emirates, is the target of a mysterious investigation, The New York Times reports. An investigator has been seeking out “people to comment negatively” about him, the Times says, but has refused to disclose who hired her.
The investigation has also taken aim at a reporter, Ariel Kaminer, who co-wrote an article for the Times about th...
The University of Oregon says it did not fire an employee of the campus counseling center who criticized the institution for obtaining a student’s therapy records as part of its legal defense against her charge that she was raped by three basketball players.
The Register-Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Ore., reported that Karen Stokes, executive assistant to the director of the counseling center, sent an e-mail on Thursday to co-workers saying that her “employment is being terminated at the e...
Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, says the Indiana-based association is “concerned” about a new Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Emmert said the association would work to make sure no attendees at next week’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four, held in Indianapolis, are “impacted negatively” by the law.
The state’s Republican governor, Mike Pence, signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. The legislat...
Report: “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing”
Organization: American Association of University Women
Authors: Christianne Corbett, senior researcher, and Catherine Hill, vice president for research, both of the association
Summary: Gender bias, workplace exclusion, and a lack of support structures are some of the factors contributing to the lack of women working in engineering and computing, according to a new report by the American Association of...
A national group representing campus bookstores has sued Purdue University to find out more about its partnership with Amazon, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports. In its lawsuit, the National Association of College Stores Inc. asserts that the university gave it a copy of its contract with Amazon, but that a significant amount of material had been redacted, constituting a violation of Indiana's public-records law. The university has said the redacted material contained trade secrets, which are shielded by the law.
Through the agreement, Amazon opened a brick-and-mortar location on Purdue's campus where students can pick up books and buy merchandise. The university's legal counsel, Steve Schultz, told the newspaper that Purdue does not comment on pending litigation. "That being said," he continued, "our contract with Amazon explicitly states that the contract contains information Amazon considers to be trade secret."
Stanford University is investigating a "troubling" increase in cheating by students, Bloomberg News reports. The college's provost, John W. Etchemendy, wrote in a letter to the faculty that the Office of Community Standards had recently received an uncommonly high number of reports of academic dishonesty. "With the ease of technology and widespread sharing that is now part of a collaborative culture," he wrote, "students need to recognize and be reminded that it is dishonest to appropriate the work of others." Mr. Etchemendy asked faculty members to more clearly define collaboration to their students.
The North Carolina State University fraternity chapter that produced a vulgar “pledge book” has been disbanded, and the college’s chancellor has called for a full review of its Greek system, WRAL-TV reports. The national Pi Kappa Phi organization has also revoked the chapter’s charter.
“I hope today’s action makes it clear that there is no place for intolerance, sexism, and racism at N.C. State,” said the chancellor, Randy Woodson, in a written statement on Wednesday. He said the review of the G...
Two archivists at the University of Oregon who had been placed on leave after a cache of confidential records was released to a professor will not be returning to their jobs, The Oregonian reports.
University officials had described the release of the records as unlawful. A lawyer for William T. Harbaugh, an economics professor who had received the documents, returned the records to the university in late January. Mr. Harbaugh runs the blog UOMatters and has been a vocal advocate for transparenc...
Raymond W. Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin system, says he will resign if he can't ward off a $300-million state budget cut and protect academic freedoms, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Mr. Cross made the statement Wednesday to a group of employees and students at the system's Milwaukee campus.
The university has been in a protracted budget battle with the state Legislature over a controversial proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to give the system more autonomy and, in exchange, cut about $300 million from it. The American Association of University Professors has come out against the plan, saying it would erode such basic principles as tenure, due process, and shared governance.
Legislators are wrangling over the details of the state budget.
A large crowd of students gathered on Wednesday to rally in support of Daniel W. Jones, the ousted chancellor of the University of Mississippi, according to various news-media reports.
The campus has been in turmoil since late last week, when the state’s governing board for higher education voted not to renew Dr. Jones’s contract. Board members have since cited ...