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The White House will announce on Friday a nationwide effort to curb sexual assault on college campuses by encouraging men to intervene in cases of sexual violence, the Associated Press reports.
The program, called “It’s On Us,” will attempt to frame sexual assaults as the responsibility of all college students—but especially men—to prevent. It embraces a prominent tactic in the fight against campus rape: bystander intervention.
In January, President Obama promised a “coordinated federal response”...
Rutgers University's athletics director, Julie Hermann, apologized on Monday for what she called "the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans" during Saturday's football game against Pennsylvania State University.
Some Rutgers fans wore T-shirts with the words "Beat Ped State" on them, making light of the 2011 Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Rutgers football published photographs of fans wearing the shirts on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The photos were later removed.
"I have spoken with and apologized to the Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour," Ms. Hermann said, "and I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans, as well as Rutgers fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department, or fan base."
Report: “44th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid”
Organization: National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs
Summary: This survey of aid programs for the 2012-13 academic year found that states awarded $11.2-billion to students, a drop of 0.6 percent adjusted for inflation when compared with the previous year. The total includes grants, loans, loan forgiveness, work-study, and tuition waivers.
Three-quarters of the undergraduate grant aid awarded by sta...
The president of Venezuela lashed out Thursday night at a Harvard economist for arguing that the country had racked up so much debt that it should consider defaulting, Bloomberg reports.
In a televised speech, Nicolas Maduro called Ricardo Hausmann a “financial hitman” and asked the country’s attorney general and public prosecutor to take “actions” against the Harvard professor. Mr. Hausmann responded on Friday by telling Bloomberg that the speech had been “the despotic diatribe of a tropical th...
Urban Outfitters apologized on Monday morning for marketing a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that featured what could easily be perceived as blood stains and bullet holes, The Washington Post reports.
BuzzFeed first reported on the sweatshirt, which, for those with a working knowledge of...
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Davis & Elkins College, a small, private institution in West Virginia, regarding complaints of hazing and sexual harassment involving the college’s baseball team, The Charleston Gazette reported.
A lawyer representing a former student baseball player said his client had left the college and had given up an athletic scholarship after allegedly being subjected to unwanted sexual touching multiple times by at least one upperclassman on the team. The...
Report: “Plus 50 Completion Strategy: Year Four Evaluation Results”
Organization: Learning for Action
Summary: Over the past four years, 17 community colleges have enrolled nearly 21,000 baby boomers in job-training programs, according to a new report on a program administered by the American Association of Community Colleges. Nearly 9,000 of the students, or 43 percent of those served, completed the program, which was supported by the Lumina Foundation.
That far surpasses the program’s goals of...
David Snyder, a chemist who had been named as the university's outstanding graduate-student teacher, was arrested in 2013 after an explosion forced residents of his building to evacuate. Mr. Snyder, who earned a doctorate in chemistry at Davis and had gone on to hold a temporary research job there, faces up to three years in jail on 17 explosives and weapons charges. He'll be sentenced next month.
Police officers at a community college in California are investigating 23 people on suspicion of "Pell running," or posing as college students in order to illegally pocket Pell Grant refunds. The individuals allegedly tried to scam the College of Marin on the order of $200,000, some of which the college paid out before two faculty members began to suspect something illicit was afoot.
"Pell running," while a relatively rare practice, is most common in online classes. It is expected to cost taxpayers as much as $1-billion per year.
The University of Pittsburgh has backed down from a plan to require faculty members to sign away their intellectual-property rights, indefinitely postponing the deadline it had set for them to do so, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The university's provost, Patricia E. Beeson, said she would form a task force to examine the issue. The faculty assembly this week approved a resolution asking the university's administration to delay the deadline.
Administrators have said an explicit agreement, in which faculty members agree to transfer their intellectual-property rights to the university, is required under a 2011 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.