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International Students Banned from Online-only Instruction

A new temporary final rule, issued on July 6 by the Department of Homeland Security, prohibits international students from returning to or remaining in the United States if their colleges adopt an online-only instruction model for the fall. The rule has caused confusion and generated anger from students, faculty and…

Campus Reckon with Racist Past

College leaders are reconsidering the names of campus buildings and monuments that memorialize white supremacists, in reaction to the current movement against racial injustice and the widespread protests across the country. Many college leaders are quickly taking steps to remove the names of such controversial figures from buildings and to…

Texas A&M Football Program violated NCAA Rules

The Texas A&M University’s football program violated NCAA recruiting and countable athletically related activity rules by unintentionally causing student-athletes to exceed activity time limits by approximately seven hours, between January 2018 and February 2019. Due to his personal involvement in the recruiting violation, according to an agreement released by the…

UCSF Medical School Pays $1.14 Million to Criminal Hackers

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine was attacked by Netwalker ransomware and paid hackers $1.14 million to regain access their data. Per school officials, the incident didn’t affect patient care, the overall campus network or COVID-19 work, but the encrypted data was important enough to…

Returning OSU Football Players Must Sign COVID-19 Risk Waiver

Ohio State University (OSU) football started voluntary workouts last week, but before football players can return to campus, they are required to sign a waiver acknowledging the risk of contracting the coronavirus and requiring players to abide by strict health and safety protocols. The two-page document is called the “Buckeye…

NIH strengthens policies to alert agency to sexual harassment by grantees

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is tightening grant rules that until now have sometimes left the agency in the dark about sexual harassment cases involving researchers it supports. Starting on June 12, with new awards, institutions will be required to report when an investigator is removed from a grant…

18 State Attorneys General Sue DeVos Over Final Title IX Rule

Eighteen state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education in an attempt to block the department’s final Title IX regulations from taking effect August 14. The lawsuit claims the final regulations narrow Title IX’s reach instead of making it…

Harvard University Professor Indicted on False Statement Charges

The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was indicted on June 9, 2020 by the Justice Department (DOJ) on charges of making false statements to federal authorities. Lieber is alleged to have lied about his involvement with a tech university in Wuhan, and about participating in…

Michigan State Refuses to Pay Ransom to Hackers

Michigan State University (MSU) has stated it will not pay an undisclosed ransom to hackers who are threatening to publish stolen sensitive information. “Paying cyber-intrusion ransoms perpetuates these crimes and provides an opportunity for the group to live another day and prey upon another victim,” said Kelly Roudebush, chief of…