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UConn welcomes 6,000 new students, including ‘most diverse’ freshmen class ever

The University of Connecticut's Storrs campus

The University of Connecticut announced Thursday that nearly 6,000 new students will attend the main campus in Storrs and the various branch campuses this fall, while officials hailed it as the most diverse in UConn history. Students can begin moving into residence halls on the Storrs campus beginning Friday while the fall semester classes start next week. Continue Reading →

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Hazing gets a frat, two sororities, banned from UConn

A fraternity and two sororities have been banned from the University of Connecticut for up to three years following a finding that they were guilty of hazing and other violations of the university’s student code. The Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta sororities will lose their recognition by the college and be banned from on-campus housing for three, two and one years, respectively. “UConn takes a zero-tolerance approach to hazing and harmful treatment of students by anyone, under any circumstances,” the university announced. “Our mission is to provide a first-rate learning environment, and we take this duty very seriously.”

The Greek organizations were suspended in April. Officials took the action against Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma following allegations that, in February, among other things, members paddled fellow students, made them strip, covered them with syrup and flour and force them to eat cat food. Continue Reading →

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UConn trustees endorse nearly $300M in projects tied to Next Gen CT

A drawing of the new engineering and science building proposed for the Storrs campus as part of the Next Gen CT undertaking.

University of Connecticut officials gave final approval Wednesday to nearly $300 million in capital projects crucial to a 10-year plan to dramatically expand its science and technology programs. They also endorsed plans for a new multi-story research building, a large housing complex for science, engineering and math students and a 3,400-foot road extension to link the Storrs campus’s technology park with Route 44.
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UConn officials say ‘Next Gen CT’ off to a fast start

The introductory image in  the UConn presentation on Next Gen CT.

Despite receiving their initial funding for a major science and technology initiative just one month ago, University of Connecticut officials told legislators Tuesday they have hit the ground running on their ambitious 10-year, $1.5 billion expansion program called Next Generation Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Report: Schools fail to properly handle sexual violence on campus

sex offense chart

WASHINGTON – On many levels and in many ways, the nation's colleges and universities are failing in their handling of sexual assaults on campus, a report commissioned by a U.S. senator says. Her survey included the University of Connecticut, where the handling of sex assaults on campus has been under scrutiny. Continue Reading →

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Regents opt to disappoint, not appoint, Sen. Donald Williams

Empty chairs: The Board of Regents voted by phone.

An unusually high-profile search for a new Quinebaug Valley Community College president ended Friday with the selection of Carlee Drummer, an Illinois community college administrator, over the top leader of the Connecticut Senate, Donald E. Williams Jr. New leaders also were named for Asnuntuck and Three Rivers. Continue Reading →

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College budgets: Nearly 300 part-time teaching jobs eliminated

The number of part-time lecturers throughout the state's largest public college system is likely to be cut back severely next school year as officials wrestle with budgetary constraints. Continue Reading →

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