Welcome to the weekly Campus news of the week roundup here at USA TODAY College. There are around five thousand colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.
HARVARD: FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT STEPS DOWN
According to The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University president Drew Faust will step down next summer, marking the end of her 10 years as Harvard’s first female university president.
Faust announced her departure — which ends around the same time that Harvard’s huge capital campaign does — by saying that “It will be the right time for the transition to Harvard’s next chapter, led by a new president.”
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA: CAMPUS SHARING NETWORK LED TO ACCIDENTAL SECURITY BREACH
Lax privacy settings in an OU file sharing system has caused thousands of personal details about its students to be shared — including social security numbers and grades — unintentionally violating federal law, reports OU Daily.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: NICKI MINAJ PAYS SOPHOMORE STUDENT’S TUITION
Hip hop star Nicki Minaj, in a college funding Twitter spree last month, helped a ULL student pay off the pieces of his tuition — $1,200 — that funding cuts left holes in, according to The Vermilion.
Her help was a huge deal to Cook’s family: “Her husband does a lot for us, but my mom isn’t the type to just ask people for stuff,” Cook said, “so she was worrying about who was going to pay for both of our tuitions. When Nicki paid for (my tuition), it was just a huge burden that was lifted off her (my mom).”
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA: POLITICAL TWEET UNDER UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION
The Red & Black reports that when conservative Twitter icon Charlie Kirk tweeted an article from a college professor saying House Republicans “should be lined up and shot,” the University of Georgia’s Young Democratic Socialists allegedly quoted the tweet and added the line, “This is absolutely outrageous! House Republicans should NOT be shot! They should be guillotined.”
The University of Georgia says that they are now investigating the matter, and the Young Democratic Socialists are disassociating from the university.
PENN STATE: FRATERNITY CLOSING ITS DOORS FOR A YEAR
Following this year’s hazing-related death at Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi, Tau Kappa Epsilon is shuttering its doors for the upcoming year, The Daily Collegian reports.
Chapter president Thomas Becker wrote on the chapter’s website that “Due to the system-wide fallout from the Beta Theta Pi tragedy … we believe a year of reconsideration and recharge of the values, traditions and mission of Pi Chapter TKE is both healthy and advisable.”
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY: GRADUATE JOURNALISM PROGRAM’S ACCREDITATION WILL EXPIRE
The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism has allowed its accreditation with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications to expire, according to The Daily Californian.
The school, which has a small staff, withdrew from the process because of the administrative burden.
Dean Edward Wasserman told The Daily Californian in an email that “The School remains committed to the highest standards of excellence, and will continue to turn out, as it has for a half-century, graduates with sterling accomplishment and exemplary promise.”
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: FREE TUITION FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS
The Michigan Daily reports that starting January 2018, the Go Blue Guarantee goes into effect for students on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus, ensuring that students who come from a familial income of less than $65,000 will receive free tuition for four years.
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