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FIRE’s Speech Codes of the Year for 2014

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11:00am

Samantha Harris of the FIRE blog has the details.

And the awards go to…

Speech Codes of the Year: 2014

Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2014’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ or faculty members’...

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Drexel U. Ending Community College Partnership and Reduced Tuition Program

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:30am

At a time when students are trying to find ways to stretch their education dollars, it is difficult to imagine the calculation that went into Drexel University’s decision to end its partnership with community colleges.

Drexel University is ending its partnership with Burlington County College (BCC) and other two-year institutions in which...

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Harvard Law School Adopts ‘Preponderance’ Standard in Rape Cases

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:00am

It should be noted that the school did this despite the objection of many faculty members.

Greg Piper of the College Fix reports.

Harvard Law caves to feds by adopting ‘preponderance’ standard in rape cases

Students accused of sexual assault at Harvard Law School can now be found guilty under the “more likely than...

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Sony Email Shocker: CEO Is Interested in Becoming NYU’s Next President

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

The continued release of additional Sony emails after the “cyber-vandalism” hack attack has released even more shocking information.

When will the madness end?

Among the leaked emails resulting from a hacking attack on Sony, one note revealed that the company’s chief operating officer was interested in becoming the next president of New...

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Westchester Community College Goes After Students With Tuition Debt

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:00pm

This is one school that seems to understand the danger of the higher ed bubble.

Ernie Garcia of lohud.com reports.

Westchester Community College tuition lawsuits soar

Westchester Community College’s crackdown on former students with unpaid debts hit 838 lawsuits as the year ends.

The taxpayer-funded college in Valhalla was the region’s most litigious school in...

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Donor Gifts Statue of PT Barnum’s Jumbo to Tufts University

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3:30pm

Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating story about an iconic display at Tuft’s University.

One has to wonder what the campus animal rights activists have to say about the subject!

When Dick Reynolds contemplated a six-figure gift to Tufts University, he knew it wouldn’t be enough for a new...

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Should University Presidents be Paid More Than the President of the United States?

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

Alex McHugh of National Review recently made an excellent point on this subject.

University Presidents Paid More than POTUS

A great number of Americans have not felt the benefits of the economic recovery, but in 2012, the number of private university presidents receiving over $1 million in compensation increased by one, the Chronicle of...

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The Rise of America’s Homeless College Students

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 12:30pm

Number has increased more than 75 percent in the previous three years.

But I thought the economy was rebounding!

With the number of homeless college students increasing over 75% in the past three years, you have to question the veracity of the economic and employment numbers we have been getting.

Sean McLean’s first day of college at the University of Massachusetts Boston came on the...

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Brandeis Student Who Publicized Ugly Tweets About Murdered Cops Now Getting Death Threats

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 11:00am

Daniel Mael is a Brandeis student who writes for Truth Revolt. He publicized the tweets of a fellow student who said she had no sympathy for murdered cops.

Professor Jacobson recently wrote about Mael at Legal Insurrection but I thought we should cover this report from Caleb Bonham at Campus Reform...

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Ukraine’s Donetsk National University now under Russian management

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:30am

As chaos descends all over the globe, it is easy to forget about the ongoing aggression of the Russians on its neighbors.

Here is a troubling update impacting a prestigious university in Ukraine.

In eastern Ukraine, where the country’s pro-Russian insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, the region’s top university is a major...

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Instructor at Portland State Wants to Repeal the ‘Stupid’ 2nd Amendment

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00am

Sadly, there are probably many other people in academia who agree.

Dave Huber of the College Fix reports.

Portland State instructor: repeal ‘stupid’ 2nd Amendment

Tom H. Hastings teaches in the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University. He also is the director of

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Adjunct professor explains why he is leaving academia

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 6:30pm

Ten-year adjunct professor, Troy Camplin, can’t say he wasn’t warned: Once an adjunct, always and adjunct.

He’s jumping off the treadmill, and explains why:

…Also at issue is the fact that I taught challenging classes. For academic bureaucrats, the most important thing of all is retention. That is,...

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Helicopter Parents Now Following Kids to College

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:00pm

Going to college is supposed to give young people a chance to be away from home for a while but don’t tell that to these parents.

Leanne Italie of the Denver Post.

Extreme helicoptering: Now parents go with kids to college

Lori Osterberg and her husb...

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Congressman charges that U.S. universities are too cozy with China

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 3:30pm

U.S. schools are trading their “credibility for China’s education dollars.”

The College Fix Assistant Editor Greg Piper reports on a congressional hearing that looked at the “cozy” relationship between US academia and China.

China’s reported crackdown on college students celebrating Christmas is just the tip of the iceberg for Rep. Chris Smith, Republican of New Jersey.

The chairman of the Human Rights Subcommittee...

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The Year of Sexual Assault Hysteria on Campus

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:00pm

Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner looks back on what did and didn’t happen in 2014.

The year of campus sexual assault that wasn’t

This was supposed to be the year that everyone banded together to end campus sexual assault by any means necessary — even if it meant improperly branding young men...

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Gospel according to English prof: Virgin Mary justifies Affirmative Consent rules

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 12:30pm

File this story under “Sacrilegious Studies”

Perhaps English professors shouldn’t be venturing into theology, but Liberty University’s Karen Swallows Prior makes a valiant attempt to convince us that the Virgin Mary would have approved of today’s bureaucratic attempts to regulate campus sex.

Writing in The Atlantic, Prior pairs Luke’s Gospel with Antioch College’s...

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Wagons Circle Around Brandeis Student Who Said She Has no Sympathy for Dead Cops

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00am

What the student said was indefensible and cost her a leadership position.

Why are other students defending her?

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reported.

Students Rally Around Peer With ‘No Sympathy’ For Dead Cops At $60,000-A-Year Brandeis

Students at Brandeis University spent Monday effusively supporting Khadijah Lynch, their fellow student who...

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Former Prof sues Catholic university for firing him and ignoring their own policy

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 9:30am

Frederick Fagal, formerly a tenured professor at Catholic Marywood University in Pennsylvania, is suing the school, alleging that it terminated his employment without following its own written procedures.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) offers these details:

…Fagal’s suit argues that Marywood’s written policies governing discipline of tenured faculty clearly state...

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Don’t College Students Have a Right to Due Process?

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00am

While college students have been busy protesting for social justice they’ve lost their right to real justice.

Peter Berkowitz writes at Real Clear Politics.

The Demise of Due Process on Campus

Universities’ mishandling of sexual assault allegations has been making the news — but not in the way feminist activists and progressive politicians had...

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U. Central Arkansas Gets $3 Million Gift for Updating its Science Center

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

This Christmas season, the University of Central Arkansas received a great present for its Science Center.

The University of Central Arkansas has received a $3 million donation from Conway Corporation to renovate their science center, school officials announced.

The gift, which will be paid out at approximately $600,000 per year over five years,...

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Opinion – Democrats Should Condemn Prof Who Said it’s OK to Hate Republicans

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 3:30pm

I agree with what Greg McNeilly of the Detroit News is saying here but I don’t think Democrats will ever do it.

McNeilly: Dems need to condem professor for ‘hate’

There’s an epidemic of intolerance at Michigan’s public universities.

The University of Michigan made all the wrong national headlines last week after Professor Susan...

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College Makes Promise to Students: 37K Job or Loans Reimbursed

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 2:00pm

One innovative institution is taking a lesson from the free market: Guaranteed results or your money back.

It already being rewarded by an increase in student enrollment.

When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class...

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