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Below is a news feed from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "The Ticker” blog, providing breaking news in higher education.  Fresh content is pulled from the feed at 15 minute intervals.


Minnesota College System Drops Ban on Travel to North CarolinaOpen in a New Window

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has dropped its ban on travel by athletic teams to North Carolina, now that the federal government is taking action against that state’s controversial new bathroom-access law widely criticized as discriminatory against transgender people, the Associated Press reported.

The system’s presidents decided on Monday that a recent order by the Minnesota governor barring travel to North Carolina by state employees also applied to athletic teams. That ...

 

Virginia Tech Invites Conservative Columnist to Speak After AllOpen in a New Window

[Updated (5/5/2016, 6:56 p.m.) with details of two apologies to Jason Riley by Virginia Tech officials.]

Virginia Tech has issued multiple apologies to Jason Riley, a conservative columnist for The Wall Street Journal, for disinviting him to speak on the campus — one from Timothy D. Sands, the president, and another from Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Pamplin College of Business.

The first came on Thursday morning, when Mr. Sands apologized to Mr. Riley for “confusion” over whether he had...

 

Kansas Chancellor Vetoes Fee for a Separate ‘Multicultural Student Government’Open in a New Window

The chancellor of the University of Kansas has vetoed a student-approved $2 fee that was intended to support a proposed “multicultural student government” that would function independently of the Student Senate, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The creation of a multicultural student government was one demand made last fall by the activist group Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk amid protests over racial-climate issues on the campus. The Student Senate approved the new fee in March.

But in a letter ...

 

U.S. Tells UNC It Violates Federal Law by Following Controversial Bathroom BillOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Justice has notified the president of the University of North Carolina system that it is violating federal civil-rights law by following a controversial new state law that has drawn widespread criticism as biased against transgender people.

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed the measure into law in March. It was enacted in response to an antidiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that extended protections to gay and transgender people. The state measure, known as...

 

Reported Campus Sexual Assaults Have Risen Sharply as Overall Crime Has FallenOpen in a New Window

The number of reported crimes on college campuses has dropped in the past two decades, but there has been a significant increase in sexual assaults, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The report, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015,” is the latest edition of an annual report that provides insight into safety problems at elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions around the country. It was prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of Justic...

 

Acclaimed Author to Leave U. of Utah Post, Citing Soured Contract TalksOpen in a New Window

The acclaimed writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is leaving a teaching post at the University of Utah and the graduate program in environmental humanities that she helped found there, citing contract talks with the administration that she described as “humiliating,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The newspaper said that Ms. Williams had initially agreed to sign a new contract, which was up for renewal after three years, but that the administration had raised legal-liability conce...

 

Minnesota College System Bars Teams From Tournaments in North CarolinaOpen in a New Window

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has barred athletic teams from traveling to North Carolina in one of the latest protests against that state’s controversial new ban on anti-bias ordinances, reports the Star Tribune.

North Carolina is the site of the NCAA Division II national baseball tournament and the NJCAA Division III World Series this spring. Century College, in White Bear Lake, Minn., has already qualified for its NJCAA regional tournament, the newspaper reports.

The dec...

 

Northwestern Fraternity Group Apologizes for Banners on Sex-Assault AwarenessOpen in a New Window

The leaders of Northwestern University’s Interfraternity Council this week apologized after banners that they had sponsored to raise awareness of sexual assault drew criticism on the Illinois campus, The Daily Northwestern reported.

The banners were hung from the walls of chapter houses and featured statements saying that the fraternity “supports survivors” or “stands against sexual violence.” A third slogan asserted that “this is everyone’s problem.”

 

Hampshire College Replaces Commencement Speaker After Students ComplainOpen in a New Window

Hampshire College has selected a new speaker for its commencement ceremony after students raised concerns about the college president’s choice, the Springfield Republican reported.

The president, Jonathan Lash, said in a letter to the campus that he had chosen Emily Wong, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, in part because the college had been unable to lure the individuals nominated by the graduating class, and in part because his conversations with her “felt so Hampshire-esque.”

Stu...

 

AAUP Investigators Slam College of Saint Rose Over Faculty LayoffsOpen in a New Window

The American Association of University Professors has accused the College of Saint Rose, in New York, of having violated shared governance and undermined tenure and academic freedom in laying off 23 faculty members late last year.

The college’s administration announced plans to lay off the 23 professors, all of whom were tenured or on the tenure track, in December. The job terminations came as part of an effort by the institution to reduce or eliminate 27 academic programs in response to what ...

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