A federal agency will investigate whether the University of Connecticut responded appropriately when students reported they were sexually assaulted or harassed. A group of UConn students have said that university officials showed them “deliberate indifference” when they reported they’d been assaulted or harassed. The decision to investigate by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights follows the office’s finding that the complaint is appropriate for an investigation.
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‘Reduced resources’ for UConn sports
The sports teams at the University of Connecticut are facing fiscal challenges, the president’s athletics advisory committee wrote in its annual report to school President Susan Herbst. “The fiscal impact that the University faces is also mirrored in the [athletics] Division. As with all areas of the university, there are required elements that need to be addressed even in difficult fiscal periods and the challenge is to meet them with reduced resources,” reads the report from the President’s Athletic Advisory Committee.
New higher ed chairman wants to reduce public colleges’ autonomy
If the new chairman of the legislature’s Higher Education Committee gets his way, the independence that the state’s public colleges have enjoyed for years will be reined in more under lawmakers control. “I have a simple philosophy: over the years the legislature has ceded too much autonomy to the universities,” Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester, said in a news release announcing his appointment this week.
UConn officials get raises, many topping $10,000
Hundreds of top officials and administrators at the University of Connecticut received raises this fall after their evaluations, many of the increases topping $10,000.
‘The art of healing’ for UConn sexual assault victims
Project Unbreakable, a national campaign that seeks to give a voice back to victims of rape and sexual violence through photos, has spotlighted the students at the University of Connecticut who say university officials failed them after they reported their assaults.
UConn, Obamacare and a projected $1.1 billion deficit for Connecticut
The sexual assault controversy hovering over the University of Connecticut underscored much of the news coverage this week. As Mirror Education Writer Jacqueline Rabe Thomas reported: UConn President Susan Herbst said she hadn’t intended to dismiss the accusations of students who said they’d been assaulted — her comments had been “misunderstood.”
‘Not just UConn’: Many colleges struggle with how to respond to sexual assault
It’s not just UConn. “After coming forward, I was blamed left and right. Why did I keep it to myself? Why didn’t I report it right away? Why was I drinking and underage? These were all the questions shot at me rapid fire from a panel of college officials,” a college student at a Fairfield […]
In sexual assault cases, do UConn athletes get special treatment?
When it comes to sexual misconduct, are University of Connecticut athletes treated differently than other students? Is there a “locker-room mentality” that fosters or at least tolerates a “rape culture” on campus?
UConn prof says her support of outspoken student may cost her her job
Two professors who were publicly critical of the University of Connecticut’s handling of threats against a female student earlier this year have left the university and a third says she is being driven out by her department. Heather M. Turcotte, a tenure-track professor in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, was one of three faculty members publicly critical of UConn President Susan Herbst for what they characterized as the administration’s poor response to threats of rape and violence made against a female student.
Lawmakers: Is UConn following law in its response to sexual assault reports?
State lawmakers Wednesday heard hours of testimony from University of Connecticut officials and four of the seven students who are accusing the school of failing to adequately respond to reports of their sexual assault.
UConn plan to limit transfer credits stalls
Storrs — A plan that would have limited the number of credits University of Connecticut students can take at community colleges and other colleges has been put off indefinitely.
Community college faculty, lawmakers upset by UConn plan to limit transfer credits
Community college faculty and the leader of the legislature’s Higher Education Committee are upset with a proposal UConn officials plan to vote Monday on that would limit the number of credits students can transfer from community colleges.
A ‘civility survey’ for UConn students
Students at the University of Connecticut Thursday were emailed a “civility survey” from the president’s office inviting them to submit “recommendations to enhance and create a positive campus culture at UConn.”
UConn’s ‘rape trail’ is symbol of school’s larger problem
Storrs — About 6 feet wide, winding through the woods behind the University of Connecticut’s campus, the half-mile paved path starts at the back of a commuter parking lot and leads to off-campus apartments. Lined with trees and bushes with orange and red leaves this time of year, it’s an often-used shortcut between campus and student housing complexes.
UConn lawsuit, Metro-North, DSS and Wall Street contributions
If getting the 5 Ws – who, what, where, when and why – is one of the first rules of covering a news story, it’s followed immediately by the need for balance. If John Smith is angry at something George Jones said, the reporter knows to call Jones for his point of view.