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This week in higher ed

2/24/2004
•For three weeks, accusations have been raised against the University of Colorado's football program, including rapes, strip-club visits and alcohol-fueled sex parties for recruits. Last Tuesday, former kicker Katie Hnida said she was raped by a teammate at Colorado four years ago. The school plans to hire a special administrator to oversee its athletic department and football program. (CNN)

•The state of Washington has settled a class-action suit with part-time community college instructors, agreeing to pay the $11 million for its failure to provide summertime health-insurance benefits. (The Seattle Times)

•Although women comprise 58 percent of the nation's 13 million college undergraduates and, in 2002, earned more doctorates than men, most are choosing careers in the private sector over higher education. The reasons? Higher pay, the opportunity for speedier promotions and sexism in higher education. (USA Today)

•The College Republicans at Roger Williams University say they are protesting affirmative action by offering a $250 whites-only scholarship. The application requires an essay on “why you are proud of your white heritage” and a photo to “confirm whiteness.” The school's provost said it is a student group initiative and is not endorsed by Roger Williams. (The Washington Post)

•The University of California officially is banning professors and deans from dating students in their classroom or students for whom they “should reasonably expect” in the future to have academic responsibility. While some see the move as an articulation of basic professional conduct, others view it as a throwback to the “in loco parentis” version of the university. Schools like Yale, Duke, Ohio Wesleyan and the College of William and Mary have enacted similar policies. (The Christian Science Monitor)

•Graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, seeking to unionize, have voted to hold a strike on campus Feb. 26-27. The students want to unionize so they can negotiate better pay and benefits, as well as improved training for the times when they must teach undergraduate courses and grade papers. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)