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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 12, 2016 Court Papers Give Insight Into Stanford Sex Assault
QUOTE: The assault of the 22-year-old woman — she is described as Jane Doe in court documents — has led to a firestorm of outrage for what many saw as her assailant’s light punishment, a six-month jail term with the possibility of parole after just three months.
New York Times May 26, 2015 The University of Minnesota’s Medical Research Mess
QUOTE: the antiquated bureaucratic apparatus of institutional review boards, or I.R.B.s, which are supposed to protect subjects of medical experimentation. Indeed, whether other institutions have seen the kinds of abuses that have emerged at the University of Minnesota is difficult to know, precisely because the current research oversight system is inadequate to detect them.
New York Times May 06, 2015 The retirement debate: Stay at the bench, or make way for the next generation: When and how to exit research has become a charged issue in science.
QUOTE: Out of concern that this greying scientific workforce is limiting the availability of grants and jobs for young scientists, the NIH this year proposed a solution: an 'emeritus' award to encourage senior scientists to wind down their research and hand projects over to junior faculty members. It was met with overwhelming disapproval....The issues faced by older scientists can vary dramatically by country...
Nature Mar 05, 2015 In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases
QUOTE: at the prodding of a faculty adviser there who pointed out that belonging to Jewish organizations was not a conflict of interest, the students revisited the question and unanimously put her on the board.... spotlight what appears to be a surge of hostile sentiment directed against Jews at many campuses in the country, often a byproduct of animosity toward the policies of Israel.
New York Times Nov 19, 2014 A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA
QUOTE: UVA's emphasis on honor is so pronounced that since 1998, 183 people have been expelled for honor-code violations such as cheating on exams. And yet paradoxically, not a single student at UVA has ever been expelled for sexual assault. "Think about it," says Susan Russell, whose UVA daughter's sexual-assault report helped trigger a previous federal investigation. "In what world do you get kicked out for cheating, but if you rape someone, you can stay?"
Rolling Stone May 22, 2014 Why colleges fail at investigating and punishing sex crimes (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: the demise of in loco parentis left colleges in an uncertain and awkward position. If they now had little or no control over student conduct, what role should they play — if any — when students misbehaved? And what if students acted in ways that would be criminal in broader society?...The disciplinary systems of colleges, designed to deal with plagiarism and roommate spats, have proved utterly inadequate to deal with the more serious issue of sexual assault.
Los Angeles Times Jan 10, 2014 Death threats and denial for woman who showed college athletes struggle to read
QUOTE: when CNN asked UNC for comment on Willingham's research, officials initially denied knowing about it, and said: "Such analysis is not part of her job duties at the university." Then, after being shown the e-mails, a spokesperson admitted that Willingham did share her findings and did have permission from the university to do the research...
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 27, 2013 Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward
QUOTE: major players on Wall Street and elsewhere have been aggressive in underwriting and promoting academic work. The efforts by the financial players, the interviews show, are part of a sweeping campaign to beat back regulation and shape policies that affect the prices that people around the world pay for essentials like food, fuel and cotton.
New York Times Dec 16, 2013 Boycott by Academic Group Is a Symbolic Sting to Israel
QUOTE: An American organization of professors on Monday announced a boycott of Israeli academic institutions to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, signaling that a movement to isolate and pressure Israel that is gaining ground in Europe has begun to make strides in the United States.
New York Times Dec 14, 2012 It's 'slime' time in college football
QUOTE: Western Kentucky, a school with mediocre athletics and apparently, sub-mediocre standards, has turned to a person who lied to his last employer about the nature of an accident involving the mistress he allegedly hired to a university position she was unqualified to hold.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 24, 2012 Feigning Free Speech on Campus (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Colleges and universities are supposed to be bastions of unbridled inquiry and expression, but they probably do as much to repress free speech as any other institution in young people’s lives.... Since the 1980s, in part because of “political correctness” concerns about racially insensitive speech and sexual harassment, and in part because of the dramatic expansion in the ranks of nonfaculty campus administrators, colleges have enacted stringent speech codes.
New York Times Aug 17, 2012 Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of
QUOTE: Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.
Seattle Times Jul 23, 2012 Why the NCAA’s Sanctions on Penn State are just dead wrong
QUOTE: The punishment levied by Emmert was nothing less than an extra-legal, extra-judicial imposition into the affairs of a publicly funded campus...Take a step back from the hysteria and just think about what took place: Penn State committed no violations of any NCAA by-laws.
Nation Jul 15, 2012 The woman who stood up to Joe Paterno
QUOTE: [Triponey] experienced firsthand the clubby, jock-snapping culture, the sense of entitlement, the cloistered existence. It's what drove her five years ago from her job as the vice president who oversaw student discipline....She clashed often with Paterno over who should discipline football players when they got into trouble. The conflict with such an iconic figure made her very unpopular around campus. For a while, it cost Triponey her peace of mind and her good name. It almost ended her 30-year academic career.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 15, 2012 Virginia Tech to review negligence verdict in 2007 shooting rampage
QUOTE: Virginia Tech plans to consider all its options after it reviews a jury verdict that found it was negligent in a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman....Virginia Tech failed to notify students early enough following the discovery of two shooting victims at West Ambler Johnston dormitory.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 20, 2012 iBooks Author: You Work For Apple Now
QUOTE: Up until now, Apple has kept creative tools divorced from the means of distribution. You can choose how to sell the things you made with iWork, iWeb, Xcode, TextEdit, or any app the company has ever written, free or not. Apple has always made a distinction between enabling the creative process and selling the product of that process. Apple's iBooks Author erases that distinction.
PC Magazine Nov 29, 2011 College Athletes Move Concussions Into the Courtroom
QUOTE: ...Berman characterized the N.C.A.A. as “an uncaring cartel that takes care of its own” and added, “This whole notion of protecting amateurism — that’s a farce.”...Berman said he wanted to force the N.C.A.A. to arrange insurance that would provide for training and evaluation for players and follow-up care for former athletes.
New York Times Nov 11, 2011 On Campus, a Law Enforcement System to Itself
QUOTE: On most of these campuses, law enforcement is the responsibility of sworn police officers who report to university authorities, not to the public. With full-fledged arrest powers, such campus police forces have enormous discretion in deciding whether to refer cases directly to district attorneys or to leave them to the quiet handling of in-house disciplinary proceedings....But many serious offenses reach neither campus police officers nor their off-campus counterparts because they are directly funneled to administrators.
New York Times Sep 25, 2011 Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans
QUOTE: baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices....a statement about pending legislation that would let the California universities consider race or national origin during the admission process.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 14, 2011 North Dakota, NCAA spar over mascot
QUOTE: The University of North Dakota is one step closer to retiring its nickname and mascot, but changing the school's 90-year-old Native American moniker -- the Fighting Sioux -- has not been without complications.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 23, 2011 Attack of the federal sex police
QUOTE: a seemingly innocuous 19-page letter on April 4 from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to colleges and universities....includes a requirement that universities adopt a "preponderance of the evidence" standard of proof for deciding sexual harassment and sexual assault. In other words, in every case of alleged sexual harassment or sexual assault, a disciplinary board must decide on the basis of more likely than not.
New York Post May 22, 2011 Born on Sideline, Cheering Clamors to Be Sport
QUOTE: Why should cheerleading not be considered a sport when it required a complex set of technical skills, physical fitness and real guts? Now, in a development that may settle the debate, two groups are asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to recognize a new version of cheerleading as an “emerging sport” for women, a precursor to full status as a championship sport.
New York Times May 14, 2011 Your So-Called Education
QUOTE: Too many institutions, for instance, rely primarily on student course evaluations to assess teaching. This creates perverse incentives for professors to demand little and give out good grades....On those commendable occasions when professors and academic departments do maintain rigor, they risk declines in student enrollments. And since resources are typically distributed based on enrollments, rigorous classes are likely to be canceled and rigorous programs shrunk.
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity
QUOTE: As women have surged into a majority on campus in recent years, many institutions have resorted to subterfuge to make it look as if they are offering more spots to women… Many are padding women’s team rosters with underqualified, even unwitting, athletes.
New York Times Apr 08, 2011 Why is sexual assault on campus tolerated?
QUOTE: Universities in the United States rarely expel students for sexual assault… Because of the way universities handle sexual misconduct, it is often the victim who drops out of school.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 17, 2011 In Puerto Rico, Protests End Short Peace at University
QUOTE: “We still have a very volatile situation,” said Maritza Stanchich, an English professor who has supported the students. “This all started out over anger about the new fees that were being imposed, but the issues have expanded to the style of governance and the lack of negotiation.”
New York Times Feb 09, 2011 Charges Against Muslim Students Prompt Debate Over Free Speech
QUOTE: When administrators at the University of California, Irvine, decided to suspend the Muslim Student Union for a quarter over the disruption of a speech last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States, most thought the latest controversy on campus had ended.....[prosecution] reignited campus debate about the event but have also prompted a feisty argument about the role of free speech on a college campus...
New York Times Jan 11, 2011 If You Think Someone Is Mentally Ill: Loughner's Six Warning Signs
QUOTE: In most states, including Arizona, it's predictably difficult to detain someone involuntarily due to mental illness. If he is not deemed an imminent danger to himself or others, as determined by a judge, in almost all cases, treatment will not come without the person in question admitting that they are ill and need help. Even then, there is no guarantee that help will come readily or swiftly.
Time Magazine Jul 05, 2010 To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery (Cheat Sheet)
QUOTE: As the eternal temptation of students to cheat has gone high-tech — not just on exams, but also by cutting and pasting from the Internet and sharing of homework online like music files — educators have responded with their own efforts to crack down.
New York Times Jun 28, 2010 Justices Rule Against Group That Excludes Gay Students
QUOTE: A public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students, the Supreme Court ruled...
New York Times Jun 21, 2010 In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That
QUOTE: the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy — is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation, which had begun even before the legal job market softened.
New York Times Jun 15, 2010 U.S. Education Dept. Delays Rules on For-Profit Colleges
QUOTE: The Education Department said Tuesday that it had split off and delayed a decision on the most controversial part of proposed new student-aid regulations — the treatment of for-profit college programs whose graduates do not earn enough to repay their loans. While a package of proposed new student-aid regulations was released Tuesday, a department official said no decision had been reached about what debt-to-income ratio would make for-profit programs ineligible for federal aid.
New York Times Jun 06, 2010 Understanding how colleges hand out aid can improve your chances
QUOTE: the FAFSA considers fewer assets than the Profile; it ignores home equity as well as the assets of family-business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees. If you have significant wealth in home equity or in a small family business, the institutional formula will penalize you. The federal formula will not.
Washington Post May 20, 2010 The Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity
QUOTE: Sports stars are flattered on campus, avoid many of the onerous duties other midshipmen must perform, and know they’re not going to be thrown out. Instead of zero tolerance, we now push for zero attrition: we “remediate” honor code offenses. Another program that is placing strain on the academies is an unofficial affirmative-action preference in admissions....
New York Times May 09, 2010 U-Va. urged to fight subpoena of climate scientist's documents
QUOTE: Academics from across the country are rallying against a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II seeking documents related to the work of a former University of Virginia climate scientist, even as the university says it is preparing to comply with Cuccinelli's request.
Washington Post Apr 18, 2010 Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
QUOTE: The college, which requires officially recognized student groups to admit any Hastings student who wants to join, may be well-meaning, says the student outpost of the Christian Legal Society. But the group contends that requiring it to allow gay students and nonbelievers into its leadership would be a renunciation of its core beliefs...
Washington Post Apr 08, 2010 Colleges Skirt Rules on Health Plans, Cuomo Says
QUOTE: College-sponsored health plans often pay out far less in benefits than they collect in premiums, skirting state regulations and shortchanging students, according to an investigation by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office. Many plans also do not cover common situations that affect students...
New York Times Oct 03, 2009 It's a touchy subject on campus: 'sexiled' students
QUOTE: Tufts, a liberal arts college near Boston founded in 1852, is believed to be the first university to explicitly forbid sex in the presence of roommates...
Los Angeles Times Aug 12, 2009 Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book
QUOTE: ...Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings [depicting Muhammad] that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included...
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 College Athletes Stuck With the Bill After Injuries
QUOTE: . While some colleges accept considerable responsibility for [athletes'] medical claims, many others assume almost none, according to a review of public documents from a cross section of universities and interviews with current and former athletes, trainers, administrators and N.C.A.A. officials.
New York Times Jul 14, 2009 Can Corporate Funding Save Endangered College Classes?
QUOTE: Could the next step in saving American education be Introduction to Nutrition, Sponsored by McDonald's or PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Accounting 101?
Time Magazine May 31, 2009 College athletic departments use vague law to keep public records from being seen (Secrecy 101)
QUOTE: Across the country, many major-college athletic departments keep their NCAA troubles secret behind a thick veil of black ink or Wite-Out. [universities] censor information in the name of student privacy, invoking a 35-year-old federal law whose author says it has been twisted and misused by the universities.
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) Apr 03, 2009 States move against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants: In recent years, states have barred undocumented students from getting the lower tuition fees.
QUOTE: Some states are explicitly refusing to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition fees at colleges, reversing a previous trend.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 25, 2008 Students drop Shinerama fundraiser for illness targeting Caucasians
QUOTE: Students at an Ottawa university are pulling out of a Canada-wide fundraiser that provides close to $1 million a year for cystic fibrosis research and treatment, arguing that the disease "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men"
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) Nov 17, 2008 College Leaders' Salaries Climb: Raises Outpace Rise in Inflation
QUOTE: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has been investigating college costs..."In these hard economic times, apparently belt-tightening is for families and students, not university presidents."
Washington Post Nov 10, 2008 ‘Entitled’ students expect better grades for effort: study
QUOTE: Those are among the revelations in a newly published study examining students' sense of academic entitlement, or the mentality that enrolling in post-secondary education is akin to shopping in a store where the customer is always right.
National Post Jul 01, 2008 Textbook Piracy Grows Online, Prompting a Counterattack From Publishers
QUOTE: In response to such sites, the Association of American Publishers hired an outside law firm this summer to scour the Web for illegally offered textbooks. Already the firm has identified thousands of instances of book piracy and has sent legal notices to Web sites hosting the files demanding that they be removed. The group is looking for all types of books, though trade books and textbooks, which generally have high price tags, are the most frequent books offered on peer-to-peer sites.
Chronicle of Higher Education Jun 21, 2008 Duke football loses on field, wins in court
QUOTE: Duke University avoided paying the University of Louisville $450,000 for opting out of three football games, but the school had to trash itself to do it.
News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) Jun 17, 2008 Virginia Tech families win $11 million settlement from state
QUOTE: The 24 victims included in the settlement were among the 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho's April 16, 2007, shooting rampage. The settlement also compensates 18 people injured. "The commonwealth has endeavored to meet the needs and concerns of the victims, including family members, through both monetary and non-monetary provisions," said Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 02, 2008 State Dept. Reinstates Gaza Fulbright Grants
QUOTE: after word of the grant withdrawals got out, senior American and Israeli officials expressed surprise and outrage, saying that training ambitious and talented young people under Fulbright grants was one of the ways to help blunt the appeal of radical forces in Palestinian society.
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