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The South Carolina House of Representatives rejected attempts on Thursday to restore funds in next year’s budget for two campuses that were penalized for choosing gay-themed books as common reading assignments, The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported. The House budget committee had stripped $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,000 from the University of South Carolina-Upstate for choosing books that lawmakers said did not reflect the community standards of state taxpayers. ...
David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University, was named on Monday as the new leader of the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Skorton, a cardiologist who has led Cornell since 2006, will become the Smithsonian’s 13th secretary, or chief executive, and the first physician to lead the institution. The Smithsonian has a total annual budget of $1.3-billion and includes 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo.
Dr. Skorton will succeed G. Wayne Clough, who took office at the Smithsonian...
The national office of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a fraternity that has come under intense scrutiny in recent months over hazing incidents involving its membership, on Friday announced that it would end the practice of pledging for new members at all of its chapters, Bloomberg reported.
A Bloomberg investigation last year that tracked deaths connected to fraternities found that SAE was the deadliest, with 10 deaths since 2006 having been linked to hazing, alcohol, or drugs at SAE events.
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The Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking to fire a professor who has been accused of taking at least $20,000 from graduate students he supervised, WSB-TV reported.
Jochen Teizer, an associate professor of construction engineering and director of Georgia Tech’s construction safety and technology laboratory, has been placed on leave, and the university has started dismissal proceedings against him.
Reginald DesRoches, chair of the university’s school of civil and environmental engineering,...
The federal government should do more to identify the potential risks associated with a program that allows foreign students to stay and work in the United States after they graduate, says a report released on Friday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
The program, known as Optional Practical Training, is overseen by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It allows graduates in the United States on student visas to extend their stay temporarily in order to gain work exper...
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...