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U.S. Publishes Details on Religious Colleges Seeking Title IX WaiversOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education published on Friday new documents that identify religious colleges that have sought and received exemptions from the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

Such waivers allow the colleges to receive federal funding without violating their religious beliefs. But the exemptions are controversial: Last year the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, published a report stating that a growing number of instit...

 

College Chief Apologizes After Controversy Over Student’s Research PosterOpen in a New Window

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s president has apologized for the decision to move an undergraduate’s research poster, which featured a large image of the female reproductive anatomy, during an annual symposium.

The controversy arose during an event known as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, a showcase for student-led research projects. Near the entrance to the event was a student’s poster portraying “an artistic rendering of the female anatomy,” said Lisa Akc...

 

U. of New Hampshire Concedes It Shouldn’t Have Bought $17,000 TableOpen in a New Window

Its flashing LED-light display may make it look like a dance floor, but the University of New Hampshire’s flashy dining table is for culinary purposes only.

Still, that hasn’t stopped critics from walking all over the university’s $17,570 table, which it bought so dining-hall workers could showcase healthy cooking tips to students, The Boston Globe reported on Friday. It turns out that diners weren’t paying as much attention to the slicing and dicing as they were to the table itself.

Its price t...

 

U. of Louisville Will Remove Monument to Confederate SoldiersOpen in a New Window

A 121-year-old Confederate monument at the University of Louisville will be removed, its president, James R. Ramsey, and the Kentucky city’s mayor, Gregory E. Fischer, announced at a news conference on Friday morning, according to the Courier-Journal.

On Twitter, Mr. Ramsey said the removal of the statue was one of the recommendations of the university’s diversity committee.

 

U. of Akron Ends Partnership Talks With For-Profit ITTOpen in a New Window

The University of Akron has ceased discussions with the for-profit technical-schools operator ITT Educational Services Inc., according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

The university’s president, Scott L. Scarborough — who has been known for his controversial decision-making — said in an email quoted by the newspaper, “The university will not be entering into any agreement involving ITT.” The nature of the proposed partnership has not been disclosed, but it reportedly involved online education.

Mr. ...

 

Budget Cuts Prompt U. of North Dakota to Eliminate More Than 100 PositionsOpen in a New Window

The University of North Dakota will cut 138 positions, including 51 on the faculty, in response to state budget retrenchment, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The institution’s interim president, Ed Schafer, announced the cuts at Thursday’s meeting of the state’s Board of Higher Education. The university, in Grand Forks, faces a $21.5-million reduction, the AP reported.

Earlier this month the university announced it would eliminate its men’s golf and baseball programs because of the bu...

 

Duke’s President Will Step Down in 2017Open in a New Window

Duke University’s president, Richard H. Brodhead, will resign from his post on June 30, 2017, at the end of the next academic year, a university news release said on Thursday.

Mr. Brodhead took the reins at Duke in 2004, two years before a lacrosse scandal in which three white Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of rape by a black student at North Carolina Central University.

The criminal case and the university’s response sparked national debates about college athletes’ behavior, the rol...

 

Middle Tenn. State President Wants to Strip Confederate General’s Name From BuildingOpen in a New Window

Middle Tennessee State University’s president, Sidney A. McPhee, is recommending the renaming of Forrest Hall, which honors the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, reports The Tennessean.

The move to rename the building, which houses the campus’s ROTC program, began last year, when Mr. McPhee convened a task force to examine the name following a church massacre in Charleston, S.C., in which nine black people were shot to death by a white supremacist. Critics of the name have cited Forres...

 

U. of Utah Plays Down Honorary-Degree Recipient’s Role in ‘Hate Groups’Open in a New Window

After drawing attention from online commenters, the University of Utah has removed references on its website to an honorary-degree recipient’s leadership of two anti-LGBT groups, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The website originally mentioned the philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay’s involvement with Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families, both of which have advocated restrictions on LGBT rights, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled them as “hate ...

 

Yale Keeps Name for College That Honors a Slavery ApologistOpen in a New Window

[Last updated (4/27/2016, 10:19 p.m.) with comments from Peter Salovey, Yale's president.]

Yale University will retain the name of an undergraduate college that honors John C. Calhoun, an alumnus who served as a U.S. senator and vice president during the 19th century and was a vocal supporter of slavery.

Yale announced its decision and a series of other moves in a news release on Wednesday evening. The university added that it would drop the title of “master” to refer to the leader of each r...

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