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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State University recently announced it is planning on using a phased approach to create an expanded on-campus learning environment for the Fall 2021 semester. A “full range of web classes” will still be offered, including remote synchronous and remote asynchronous classes. “However, with vaccines becoming more available and the expectation that public health guidelines will reflect progress, we are optimistic that we can begin to safely transition during the summer and move toward a full in-person experience this fall while doing all that we can to keep our students, employees and local communities as safe and healthy as possible,” said Penn State President Eric J. Barron. Penn State says it will use the summer semester to begin implementing some changes to prepare for the fall, including increasing the number of in-person summer courses and using large event or...
    By IRIS SAMUELS, Associated Press/Report for America HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill signed into law Thursday by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte allows concealed firearms to be carried in most places in the state without a permit, and expands the list of places where guns can be carried to include university campuses and the state Capitol. The law allows concealed firearms to be carried without a permit inside bars and banks. Permit holders can carry concealed firearms inside state and local government buildings. Private property owners and tenants are allowed to ban firearms on their premises. These changes take effect immediately. On public university campuses, the law will permit firearms as long as gun owners follow certain training requirements and regulations laid out by the university system board of regents, including a ban on firearms at campus athletic or entertainment events. The new rules impacting university campuses will take effect...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming students back into classrooms. It’s something many CU Buffs have been anticipating for months as they transition into a more normal college experience.   That means courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin an in-person format. Courses designated as remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.    It’s been a gradual process to return to standard learning, as students were also able to move back into residence halls on Feb. 7. (credit: CBS) University officials say the spring semester will be a time when the campus is wholly COVID-19 aware. In a letter, the university announced it is increasing testing capacity and requirements, with daily check-ins via Buff Pass. CU Boulder will also partner with Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming students back into classrooms. It’s something many CU Buffs have been anticipating for months as they transition into a more normal college experience.   That means courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin an in-person format. Courses designated as remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.    It’s been a gradual process to return to standard learning, as students were also able to move back into residence halls on Feb. 7. University officials say the spring semester will be a time when the campus is wholly COVID-19 aware. In a letter, the university announced it is increasing testing capacity and requirements, with daily check-ins via Buff Pass. CU Boulder will also partner with Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and...
    A Republican state senator has introduced a bill that would require the state's Board of Regents to survey all employees at the main public universities to determine their political party affiliation. Senator Jim Carlin did not offer an explanation for his bill, but it comes after accusations that Iowa's public universities repressed the free speech of conservative students. The order would cover all employees at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa. The bill, introduced this week, would require the survey to hide the personal identity of the respondents but would separate the results out by job classification. Senator Jim Carlin (above) did not offer an explanation for his bill, but it comes after accusations that Iowa's public universities repressed the free speech of conservative students RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jaguars hire former Iowa assistant Chris Doyle eight...
    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Victor “Vic” Stelly, a former Louisiana lawmaker who served 16 years in the state House and later as a member of Louisiana’s higher education policy board, has died. He was 79. Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Stelly's death in a tweet Saturday. He did not say how or when Stelly died. “Vic served dutifully,” Edwards tweeted of the former Lake Charles lawmaker. As a state lawmaker, Stelly was known for a tax swap plan that bears his name. Approved by lawmakers and voters in a 2002 constitutional change, the “Stelly Plan” eliminated sales taxes on groceries and residential utilities in exchange for increased income taxes on middle- and upper-income earners. Many parts of the plan were later dismantled, but the controversial changes remained a heated topic among politicians and radio talk show hosts for years, as critics argued that it harmed Louisiana families and undercut...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Freezing tuition at the University of Wisconsin without adding more state funding to offset the loss has contributed to the system falling behind its peers and hurting its competitiveness, according to a report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum released Tuesday. Over the past decade, Wisconsin’s public higher education system has failed to keep pace with regional and national counterparts in key funding areas, and the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to only worsen the situation, the report found. “After years of slow erosion of funding and enrollment, higher education in Wisconsin faces a flash flood,” said the report, which examined funding, enrollment, tuition, research and development spending, and other factors. It found that net enrollment at Wisconsin’s public colleges and universities had fallen by 13% in 2019 from its high in 2011, which was more than twice the national average. Enrollment at UW-Madison increased...
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate passed a bill Thursday which will prevent public universities from enacting any policy that “limits or restricts the free expression rights of its students, student groups, faculty, staff, employees, and invited guests in public areas of campus.” Proposed by Sens. Andrew Brenner, R-Powell and Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, the Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act received additional approval from the Senate, who agreed to the amended provisions from the Ohio House of Representatives. “I’d like to thank my colleagues in the House for voting to uphold the First Amendment and keep free speech on college and university campuses secure,” Brenner said, who has worked on the bill since 2017. “By giving students the tools to not only freely share their own opinions, but also hear opinions that challenge their own, it will only broaden their perspectives and give them the confidence to express themselves.” Shawnee...
            by Haley Worth  Portland State University announced in August its plan to disarm campus police officers by replacing their firearms with tasers, but those plans have been put on a temporary hold. The plan to disarm officers was announced earlier in 2020 after rallies and protesters at PSU called for justice for Jason Washington, who was killed by officers in 2018. Campus Reform reported on the efforts of PSU students and staff to disarm officers in 2019. Campus Police Chief Willie Halliburton stated that in order for unarmed officers to be safe, the school would need two officers for every shift, which hasn’t been possible due to the retirement or resignation of several officers. In a video message addressing the issue, Halliburton stated, “I am fully committed to transforming this police agency into a unit that will achieve these goals. We’ll do this without carrying weapons while...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday appointed Dr. Umair A. Shah as the state's new secretary of health. Shah, who will start Dec. 21, currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Houston, Texas. He will replace John Wiesman, who announced in May that he will resign his role in January 2021 to take a job at the University of North Carolina after staying on a few weeks to help with the transition. In prepared remarks before a news conference to announce the appointment, Inslee said Shah “brings an unrivaled expertise, knowledge and passion for public health.” “His leadership will help us lead Washington state through the next crucial phase of this pandemic,” he wrote. Shah has led Harris County Public health for the past seven years. Before that, he was chief medical...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Officials announced that the University System of Georgia saw overall enrollment increase this fall compared to fall 2019 by 2.4%, reaching more than 341,000 students statewide and outstripping the trend among colleges nationwide. Here's a look at enrollment this fall at each of the 26 institutions as well as the change from last fall: Augusta Univ.: 9,565 +3.1% Georgia Tech: 39,771 +9.0% Georgia State Univ.: 53,743 +0.2% Univ. of Georgia: 39,147 +0.6% Georgia Southern Univ.: 26,949 +3.4% Kennesaw State Univ.: 41,181 +8.9% Univ. of West Georgia: 13,419 +1.4% Valdosta State Univ.: 12,304 +9.2% Albany State Univ.: 6,509 +6.3% Clayton State Univ.: 7,052 +2.5% Columbus State Univ.: 8,372 +6.3% Fort Valley State Univ.: 2,827 +7.7% Georgia College & State Univ.: 6,873 -2.2% Georgia Southwestern State Univ.: 3,162 +7.2% Middle Georgia State Univ.: 8,404 +4.2% Savannah State University 3,488 -5.4% Univ. of North Georgia: 19,793 +0.2% Abraham Baldwin Agricultural...
    Columbus State University students are accepting the university’s call to be proactive about following pandemic-era public health guidance, as demonstrated by a Student Government Association resolution presented Tuesday to CSU President Chris Markwood. The resolution, presented virtually to the president’s full Executive Leadership Team and other university administrators, adds it support to CSU’s continued call for its students, employees and campus visitors to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. It even goes a step further — imploring students to get tested and to encourage their peers to do the same. Walker, who began his tenure as SGA president in May 2020 after being elected in the spring to represent the university’s 8,300-plus students, said the timing of the resolution is deliberate. “It is very important that students model CSU’s public health recommendations so that we may continue to have...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia newspaper has sued a university saying its leaders violated the state’s open meetings law. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports it filed suit Monday against West Virginia University, claiming the school’s Board of Governors met five times in private to discuss COVID-19, social justice and other topics. The state’s open meetings law allows the boards of publicly funded universities to meet privately, but only for specific topics such as litigation or personnel matters. The lawsuit filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court says the board discussed subjects in the five meetings that aren’t exempted from the state’s open meetings law. For example, it says on June 19, the board discussed a variety of topics during a session that was closed to the public. The university did not respond to a request for comment from the newspaper. The Gazette-Mail is asking the court to order the board...
    The president of the State University of New York at Oneonta abruptly resigned after the school experienced the worst coronavirus outbreak at a public university in the state.  SUNY- Oneonta on Thursday reported 712 coronavirus cases since the start of the fall semester in August, and it is currently conducting classes remotely.  The school said in a statement that university President Barbara Jean Morris has resigned to “pursue other opportunities.” Dennis Craig, who had been acting president of SUNY-Purchase, will be temporarily stepping in until a permanent president is found.  The Oneonta campus announced on Sept. 3  that it was transitioning to fully-remote learning after nearly 400 students tested positive for the coronavirus after several parties were thrown. The outbreak forced the state to send a virus control crew to the university to keep the spread from reaching the rest of the city, according to the New York Times.  Students began posting on social...
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Trader Joe's has set the bar for safety among grocery retailers in Colorado — but even the best practices can't guarantee that the novel coronavirus won't gain admittance. According to the latest report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the chain's Colorado Springs branch has suffered an outbreak. It's one in a wave of site-based infections that's set a new record for the third week in a row. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The CDPHE's October 14 update lists 897 total outbreaks in the state so far: 274 active, 623 resolved. That's...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBSNewYork/AP) — A college student from New Jersey was killed in a shooting near the Ohio State University campus early Sunday morning. Authorities identified the victim as 23-year-old Chase Meola, a fifth-year marketing major and former football player at Mahwah High School. Columbus, Ohio police were dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday to a reported shooting in an alley and found a man with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene, the university’s public safety department said. “The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university public safety department said, adding that counseling services were available for students and staff. Officials said reports indicated that some people were asked to leave a house party in the area and an altercation occurred outside. Columbus police said an 18-year-old suspect was in...
    A former New Jersey high school football player attending Ohio State University was gunned down near campus Sunday morning, authorities said. Chase Meola, 23, a fifth-year student from Mahwah, was found shot dead in an alley about 2 a.m., the university’s public safety department said. Meola was declared dead on scene. Before the shooting, according to officials, an altercation erupted outside of a house party that was broken up. An unidentified 18-year-old suspect in Meola’s shooting was arrested and charged with murder, authorities said. “The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university public safety department said. Meola played for the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, who in 2015 won a sectional title, NJ.com reported. With Post wires 
    The most recent COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment set an unfortunate record for new entries, including three Greek houses at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Add the outbreaks at Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi to one at Kappa Sigma in early September and another pair (Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta) later in the month and that's a total of six fraternities or sororities at the school that have been hit by the disease — and that number doesn't include the two dormitories placed under quarantine amid a rise in Colorado case counts largely attributable to infections among college students. Unlike the University of Colorado Boulder, which made a temporary shift to remote learning after its COVID-19 numbers began spiking, CSU is still holding in-person classes. But judging from our visit to Fort Collins on Saturday, October 3,...
    Manhattan Mercury, Sept. 25 The transition question non-question Quite a bit’s been made of President Trump’s refusal to commit this past week to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. Too much, in our opinion. Look, if Donald Trump loses the election, Joe Biden will be the next president. There’s not going to be some sort of banana republic scene involving four-star generals dragging the ex-president out of the executive mansion by his ankles. People who dislike Mr. Trump tend to strongly dislike him, and they seem to think he would do anything to stay in power. It’s almost understandable, since he’s willing to say anything that he thinks will immediately benefit himself. But it’s still too much of a stretch. It’s important to distinguish between what Mr. Trump says and what he does. And it’s important to think about exactly why he says what he says. This past...
            by Ben Zeisloft  Ohio State University students are upset after the school published information about two Black hate crime suspects, as it is required to do under federal law. On September 3, the Ohio State University sent a public safety notice to students, which mentioned a “hate crime” perpetrated by two African-American suspects near Ohio State’s campus. The first correspondence did not mention the victims’ race. A few days later, the Department of Public Safety sent two follow-up emails, stating that the victims of the crime were White Ohio State students and that the suspects were in custody. One suspect allegedly yelled a racial slur at a student and punched him in the face. University Police Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt stated that the university was required to report the hate crimes under the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which “requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding...
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KABC) -- San Diego State University reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,072 since Aug. 24, the first day of instruction for the fall semester.The new totals reported by Student Health Services reflect numbers as of 6 p.m. Saturday.Of the students living on campus, 385 have tested positive and students living off campus totaled 666 positive cases, health services said. A total of eight faculty or staff members have tested positive and 13 "visitors,'' people who have had exposure with an SDSU-affiliated individual, have tested positive.The number of confirmed cases was 1,030, with 42 probable cases.The information is based on cases reported to Student Health Services by an individual or by a public health official. As more private labs are administering tests, there is a possibility that not all cases are being reported to Student Health Services.For privacy reasons,...
    Some students at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, are furious after school officials dared refer to a black-on-white crime as a "hate crime." According to a Sunday report from Campus Reform, a horde of students protested and took their gripes to social media in an attempt to shame the university for its apparently controversial stance. What are the details? Earlier in September, Ohio State University sent out public safety notices to all of its students, initially advising them of a "hate crime" perpetrated by two African-American suspects near the school's Columbus campus. At the time, the Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, reported that the race of the victims was not divulged, but added that authorities charged the two suspects with "felonius assault and assault" in connection with the incident. Days after the school initially reported the crime, the Department of Public Safety revealed "that the...
    FRESNO, Calif. -- Dr. Joseph Castro was named Wednesday as the new chancellor of the California State University system, becoming the first Mexican-American and native Californian to lead the nation's largest four-year public university system.CSU's Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Castro, who is currently president of CSU Fresno, on the final day of its meeting Wednesday.He will replace Chancellor Timothy White, who has held the post since 2012. White had announced he would retire in June but delayed stepping down to help steer the 23-campus system through the coronavirus pandemic."I am truly grateful for and excited about this unique and wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to working with the talented faculty, staff and presidents of the 23 campuses as well the Board of Trustees and executives and staff at the Chancellor's Office to further increase achievement for our 482,000 students," Castro said in a press release.Before becoming...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University violated state public records law by intentionally withholding old documents from one of the men alleging decades-old sexual misconduct by a school doctor, according to the conclusion reached Tuesday by the official who reviewed the resulting legal dispute. In 2018, alumnus Steve Snyder-Hill requested records related to his having complained about being abused by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s. The school said it would respond as quickly as possible but didn’t share the records for five months, until the release of a law firm investigation conducted for the university that confirmed years of abuse by the deceased doctor and included information from those records. The delay violated state law that requires the sharing of public records “within a reasonable period of time,” Ohio Court of Claims special master Jeff Clark concluded in a report filed for the court. It recommends the court...
    By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University violated state public records law by intentionally withholding old documents from one of the men alleging decades-old sexual misconduct by a school doctor, according to the conclusion reached Tuesday by the official who reviewed the resulting legal dispute. In 2018, alumnus Steve Snyder-Hill requested records related to his having complained about being abused by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s. The school said it would respond as quickly as possible but didn't share the records for five months, until the release of a law firm investigation conducted for the university that confirmed years of abuse by the deceased doctor and included information from those records. The delay violated state law that requires the sharing of public records “within a reasonable period of time,” Ohio Court of Claims special master Jeff Clark concluded in a report filed for the...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Spring break at Connecticut's four state universities was canceled and several public schools around the state were closed Monday because of the resurgence of the coronavirus. Leigh Appleby, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, said Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15 to March 21, has been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. The start date for the spring semester at the four universities has also been pushed back one week later to Jan. 26. CCSU President Zulma Toro said in an announcement to students that the changes will “help ensure the health and safety of our campuses.” “At this time, we are developing our plans for next semester and our intent is to continue the combination...
    An estimated couple hundred people gathered for a pool party at an apartment complex near the University of South Carolina on Saturday — until the Columbia Fire Department shut it down because partygoers were violating the city's coronavirus mask ordinance. The city of Columbia has requested apartment complexes close their pools amid "continued confirmed accounts of large gatherings at pools," Mayor Steve Benjamin told Fox News in a statement. STUDENTS DEMAND TUITION CUTS AS MORE COLLEGES PIVOT TO VIRTUAL LEARNING "The City of Columbia closed all of its public pools months ago in response to the initial outbreaks of the virus," Benjamin said. "There are currently almost 11,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Richland County, where Columbia resides, and we have seen a continued increase in cases throughout late July and August. ... Gatherings and activities where our citizens show disregard for public safety and public health cannot and will not be tolerated." Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey...
    AUSTIN, Texas – A recent study by the New York Times found more that than 6,300 coronavirus cases have been linked to colleges and universities across the U.S. with the highest concentration found at The University of Texas at Austin As of July 28, UT has had 449 cases. Coming in second was the University of Central Florida with 438 cases and the University of Georgia with 390 cases. According to the study, every public four-year college in the country was surveyed, in addition to every private institution that competes in Division I sports or is a member of an elite group of research universities. In total, 270 colleges were found to have cases of COVID-19 tied to the campus via students, administrators, residents, sports teams and in one case, construction workers who were working on the Appalachian State campus in North Carolina. The data shows 16 Texas colleges and...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ethnic and social justice studies will join English and science courses as graduation requirements at California State University after the Board of Trustees at the nation’s largest four-year public university system approved the idea Wednesday. The change made amid the national reckoning over racism and police brutality will take effect in three years and represent the first change to the school’s general education curriculum in over 40 years. Meanwhile, the state Legislature is considering a bill to require ethnic studies, a more narrowly focused proposal that wouldn’t count social justice classes. If passed and signed by the governor, the measure would overrule the action by California State University, a possible scenario denounced by school leaders as an intrusion into academia. The Assembly has to review minor amendments before the bill could be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The plan approved by California State University trustees allows students...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ethnic and social justice studies will join English and science courses as graduation requirements at California State University after the Board of Trustees at the nation’s largest four-year public university system approved the idea Wednesday. The change made amid the national reckoning over racism and police brutality will take effect in three years and represent the first change to the school’s general education curriculum in over 40 years. Meanwhile, the state Legislature is considering a bill to require ethnic studies, a more narrowly focused proposal that wouldn’t count social justice classes. If passed and signed by the governor, the measure would overrule the action by California State University, a possible scenario denounced by school leaders as an intrusion into academia. The Assembly has to review minor amendments before the bill could be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The plan approved by California State University trustees allows students...
    Michigan's two largest public universities — Michigan State University and the University of Michigan — teamed up in a video campaign to encourage the state's residents to wear masks while in public during the coronavirus pandemic. "As rivals, we don't always see eye to eye," Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh says at the beginning of the video before tossing a football to his Michigan State counterpart Mel Tucker. The video also features coaches from both schools' men's and women's basketball teams. Wearing a mask during the pandemic is "one thing we can all agree on," Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says later in the video.  The video was released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) order Friday requiring that Michigan residents wear masks in public indoor places. Whitmer's executive order, which went into effect Monday, also requires Michigan businesses to turn...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dr. Michael Drake was chosen Tuesday to be president of the University of California, the first Black leader in the system’s 150-year history. Drake, a seasoned university administrator, replaces Janet Napolitano in overseeing a sprawling, 280,000-student system dealing with issues of accessibility for Blacks and other minorities, along with slashed budgets and upended campus life because of the coronavirus pandemic. Drake is a UC-trained physician who served as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, and also led The Ohio State University before retiring from that job last month. The UC Board of Regents unanimously approved Drake’s appointment. “I’m excited and ready to go,” Drake told the board, noting the challenging times amid the pandemic, the threat of climate change, and “the yawning wounds of social injustice that we see in so many ways that really tears at the fabric of our lives.” He...
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