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Tenn. University Finds 'It's OK to Be White' Signs

Signs cover memorial for first African-American students at East Tennessee State University

(Newser) - East Tennessee State University is the latest college campus hit by a white supremacist campaign started by an internet group. "I am disgusted by this act," Brian Noland, university president, says in a statement cited by NBC News . That act: signs proclaiming "It's OK to be... More »

UA Is Now UArizona, Because SEO

University of Arizona changes its abbreviation so it will show up higher on web searches

(Newser) - The University of Arizona has announced it is changing its abbreviation from UA to UArizona in an effort to increase search engine optimization results for the college, the AP reports. The Tucson-based college in a statement Monday said the change would help distinguish the school from other national and international... More »

This Is the Best US University for 2020

WalletHub ranks more than 1K institutions of higher education

(Newser) - Tuition, room, and board at a four-year college will cost you, on average, $21,000 to $48,000 per year in the US—so you definitely want to make sure you're getting a good value for your money. On that note, WalletHub is out with its annual ranking of... More »

FBI Warns Colleges About Chinese Students

US authorities worry about the wholesale theft of technology and trade secrets

(Newser) - As the US warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university. In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, an agent wanted to know if... More »

University to All Frats: Stop Everything. Now.

Ohio University issues suspension amid widespread allegations

(Newser) - Ohio University didn't just suspend one or two fraternities—it suspended all of them, Fox News reports. The university announced the move against 15 fraternities Thursday amid widespread claims of frat hazing. "These troubling allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our... More »

New Mexico Just Went 'Bold' on College

With legislative approval, tuition will be free at all state schools for everyone, regardless of income

(Newser) - A good number of US states are already on board with offering free tuition at state schools to students who financially qualify, but one state just put forward what Slate calls a "bold plan" that surpasses the others. The New York Times reports that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan... More »

2020 College Rankings Are Out

Princeton and Williams rule their respective categories at 'US News,' again

(Newser) - US News & World Report is out with its annual, and controversial, rankings of American colleges. The magazine has various categories, but the two big ones are national universities and liberal arts colleges. Princeton takes top honors in the first category for the ninth straight year and Williams College... More »

Another College Admissions Scandal Is Exposed

Wealthy parents using loophole to nab financial aid for kids

(Newser) - There looks to be another college admissions scandal brewing. The Education Department and several universities are looking into reports of wealthy parents transferring legal guardianship of their children to friends or relatives so that only the children's earnings are considered on financial aid applications, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

8 Injured After 2 Blasts Rock College Dorm

Dormitory partially collapses after pair of explosions at University of Nevada, Reno

(Newser) - Classes were canceled Friday at the Reno campus of the University of Nevada after a pair of back-to-back blasts injured eight and left a dorm partially collapsed. Fox News reports that authorities are eyeing a mechanical failure inside Argenta Hall as a possible cause of the explosions, with some of... More »

Cops: Ex-Students Use Bat to Put Duck 'Out of Its Misery'

19-year-olds charged with aggravated animal cruelty in Alabama

(Newser) - Former student baseball players at an Alabama community college are accused of pulling a duck from a campus pond and beating it with a bat. Following a party, Thomas "Landon" Grant and Jacob Frye allegedly beat the white Muscovy duck found on the campus of Central Alabama Community College... More »

Court: Prof Who Had Sex With Students Must Be Reinstated

Bloomsburg University's John Barrett found not to have violated school policy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled a fired university professor who had sex with two students should be reinstated because he didn't break school rules. The Commonwealth Court upheld a June 2018 decision by an arbitrator to reinstate Bloomsburg University assistant professor John Barrett with full benefits and back... More »

Report: Ohio State Leaders Knew About 'Dr. Jelly Paws'

School expresses 'profound regret' on report about Richard Strauss' sexual abuse of 177-plus students

(Newser) - An Ohio State University team doctor who died years ago sexually abused at least 177 students over a period of decades so wantonly that students described his examinations as hazing—and their coaches, trainers, other team doctors, and school leaders knew about it, per an investigative report released Friday. The... More »

After Mention of 'Rape Attic,' 2 Frat Chapters Close

Phi Psi members 'appalled and disgusted' by leaked minutes

(Newser) - Two fraternity chapters at Swarthmore College are no more after leaked documents revealed hazing; homophobic, racist and misogynistic language; and references to a "rape attic." Phi Psi, whose 117-page "Phi Psi Historical Archive" was leaked to student-run publications at the private Pennsylvania liberal arts college, and neighboring... More »

6 Years Ago, 2 Students Died. Now, a New 'Tragic Event': Cops

3 students charged in hazing; Virginia State University considering disciplinary action for 8 more

(Newser) - Three frat members at Virginia State University are charged with hazing following what police describe as a "tragic event" over the weekend. The Petersburg Bureau of Police has been tight-lipped on what allegedly occurred Sunday in a dead-end area of Pocahontas Island—a peninsula on the north side of... More »

LA Colleges Quarantine After Measles Exposure

More than 900 students and staff are isolated or sent home

(Newser) - More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US, where cases have reached a 25-year high. By... More »

Universities Could Have Lowered Tuitions—but They Didn't

Online courses gave them the chance

(Newser) - Think college debt is killing America? Then consider how universities missed the chance to lower tuitions—by hoarding a secret windfall and giving the rest to companies you've likely never heard of, HuffPost reports. Called "online program managers," or OPMs, the companies create online courses for such... More »

Georgetown Once Sold 272 Slaves. Now, Students Want to Pay $27.20 Fee

Fee approved in referendum would benefit descendants of slaves college once sold

(Newser) - Students at Georgetown University may soon see a new $27.20 fee pop up on their bill each semester, and it's one they voted to add. ABC News reports that undergrads at the Jesuit college voted Thursday, by an almost 2-to-1 margin, to approve a referendum that would mandate... More »

Historic Loss, Then Redemption: UVA Is National Champion

Cavaliers beat Texas Tech in overtime

(Newser) - Last year, the University of Virginia became the only top seed to fall to a No. 16 in the history of the NCAA Tournament. This year, redemption. Virginia won the first men's basketball championship in school history Monday night, getting a career-high 27 points from De'Andre Hunter and... More »

Loughlin, Huffman Named in $500B Lawsuit

That's with a B. As in billion

(Newser) - A California mom is suing Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and others allegedly involved in the college admissions scandal—for no less than $500 billion, the LA Times reports. Jennifer Kay Toy of Oakland alleges in her suit that conspirators kept her son, Joshua Toy, from getting into several universities: "... More »

Women Sue to Change 'Toxic' Frat Culture at Yale

Class-action suit seeks gender integration

(Newser) - Three women who say they were groped at frat parties during their first semesters at Yale are suing for major changes to the Greek system—including integration. Anna McNeil, 20, Eliana Singer, 19, and Ry Walker, 20, have filed a class-action suit against Yale and nine all-male fraternities, saying Yale... More »

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