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Judge Orders Release of Trump U. Sales ‘Playbooks’ and Other DocumentsOpen in a New Window

A federal judge in California overseeing a long-running class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump’s defunct Trump University ruled Friday afternoon that 1,000 pages of internal company documents, including playbooks used by salespeople, must be released by June 2. The ruling comes in response to a request filed by The Washington Post.

In his order, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the U.S. District Court in San Diego said public interest in Mr. Trump as a presidential candidate justified release of d...

 

Spellings Says UNC System Won’t Try to Enforce Controversial Bathroom LawOpen in a New Window

The University of North Carolina system said on Friday that it would not seek to enforce a controversial state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender at birth. The Associated Press reported that Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, said in a legal filing that “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex.”

Ms. Spellin...

 

New Monitor Is Chosen to Oversee Former Corinthian CampusesOpen in a New Window

A new monitor has been selected to oversee the operations of former campuses of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc., after the U.S. Department of Education fired the law firm that had previously served in that role.

The department announced on Friday that the law firm Squire Patton Boggs would be the new monitor of the Zenith Education Group, the nonprofit entity that bought dozens of Corinthian’s campuses following the collapse of the giant for-profit education company.

In March the departm...

 

Ole Miss Admits Former Assistant Football Coach Helped Falsify ACT ScoresOpen in a New Window

The University of Mississippi has imposed on itself scholarship reductions in football on top of serving a postseason ban for women’s basketball in response to a range of alleged NCAA violations, according to a university statement released on Friday.

In January the National Collegiate Athletic Association issued several allegations against Ole Miss, including boosters’ paying players and coaches’ assisting recruits with ACT fraud.

In the document released on Friday, university administrators ad...

 

Washington State U. Woman Was Expelled After a Man Accused Her of AssaultOpen in a New Window

A student at Washington State University was expelled for sexually assaulting a man on the campus in 2014, BuzzFeed News reports.

The student, whom BuzzFeed identified only as Rose, her middle name, said she had had sex with a classmate after playing drinking games one night in January 2014. The man later filed a complaint with Washington State’s Title IX office, saying Rose had sexually assaulted him.

Rose maintains that she was falsely accused and that the man complained to Washington State’s ...

 

Norwich U. Will Allow Cadets to Wear Religious HeadgearOpen in a New Window

For the first time, Norwich University will allow students to wear religious headgear — a big step among military colleges, which often enforce strict dress codes.

According to a TV station in Vermont, WCAX, officials at the private university in Northfield, Vt., announced this week that a female student had sought to wear a Muslim headscarf, known as a hijab, to cover her hair and neck while wearing the Corps of Cadets uniform. In granting her request, the university said it would also allow Je...

 

5 Damning Findings From the Baylor InvestigationOpen in a New Window

Baylor University on Thursday released a summary of a long-awaited investigative report into its handling of sexual-assault allegations — and, with it, word of a housecleaning of sorts. Its president, Kenneth W. Starr, was reassigned. Its head football coach, Art Briles, was fired. And its athletic director, Ian McCaw, was put on probation.

A glance at the investigation’s findings reveals why Baylor’s governing board took such broad action. In short, virtually everything that could be wrong with...

 

Baylor Demotes President and Moves to Fire Football Coach Amid Sex-Assault ControversyOpen in a New Window

[Updated (5/26/2016, 1:17 p.m.) with details from a university summary of an investigative report.]

Baylor University has moved to fire its head football coach, Art Briles, according to a statement from the Texas institution. In addition, Baylor said that Kenneth W. Starr, the university’s president, would be removed but would retain the more-ceremonial role of chancellor. Finally, the athletic director, Ian McCaw, has been “sanctioned and placed on probation.”

The moves occurred on Thursday ami...

 

U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese CompaniesOpen in a New Window

The University of Iowa suspects that about 30 Chinese students paid Chinese companies to take their online examinations for them, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Last week Iowa began investigations after ProctorU, the company that Iowa uses to verify online courses, found potential inconsistencies in students’ identities for one or more exams.

According to Reuters, three of the Chinese students suspected of cheating admitted to the news service that they had hired Chinese-run groups to take tests...

 

Nontenure-Track Faculty at Ithaca College Forms a UnionOpen in a New Window

Nontenure-track faculty members at Ithaca College will form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, The Ithaca Journal reported on Tuesday. The New York college said it would not support their efforts.

The contingent faculty members filed for a union election, without the Ithaca administration’s support, through the National Labor Relations Board. The group said its members want better job security and a stronger voice at the college.

Nontenure-track faculty members will n...

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