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UVa. hires security firm to guide students to safety

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia has contracted with an international security firm to guide vulnerable students to safety in Charlottesville neighborhoods near campus. The university says the unarmed security guards will be called ambassadors. The ambassadors may help walk students home, call a safe ride or wait with them at [...]

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Illinois professor who lost job offer after tweets sues

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages sued several university officials on Thursday, saying they denied his right to free speech and that the school should rehire him. Steven Salaita argues in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, [...]

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US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

  NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. With more undergraduates coming from abroad than ever, the Ivy League universities that have worked [...]

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Norfolk State leader says school addressing problems

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk State University interim President Eddie Moore Jr. says the school is addressing problems that led to it being put on probation. Media outlets report that Moore met with the campus community on Tuesday to discuss a report from the school’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [...]

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Dartmouth bans hard liquor, takes steps to prevent rape

  HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday, January,29 and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they are at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation, but the latest steps come amid a [...]

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UVa. hires security firm to guide students to safety

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) — The University of Virginia has contracted with an international security firm to guide vulnerable students to safety in Charlottesville neighborhoods near campus. The university says the unarmed security guards will be called ambassadors. The ambassadors may help walk students home, call a safe ride or wait with them at a [...]

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Va. university seeks dismissal of expelled student’s suit

  LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington and Lee University wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from a student who says he was expelled for having sex with another student who says she did not consent. The former student is referred to U.S. District Court documents as John Doe, and he claims the sex [...]

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get [...]

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After 2 convictions, 2 more Vanderbilt players face charges

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial. It took a jury three hours Tuesday to reach a verdict [...]

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Va. Senate panel OKs mandatory campus sex assault reporting

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation to mandate reporting of alleged campus sexual assaults to police is advancing in the General Assembly. The Senate Education and Health Committee passed a bill Monday submitted by Republican Sen. Richard Black of Loudoun County that would require any employee of a state college or university who learns of [...]

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Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. The jury deliberated for three [...]

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