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Ethics without a plumb line

Higher Education
by Bill Newton
Posted 11/29/14, 09:43 am

“We’re creating a mandatory ethics curriculum for every student,” the college president stated to a group of anxious alumni. The implication was that he wanted each graduate to leave the institution with a well-implanted set of principles.

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University of Virginia grapples with response to gang rape report

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/28/14, 04:00 pm

Excessive alcohol consumption is the “fuel” for sexual assault, according to University of Virginia Board of Visitors member L.D. Britt.

The university’s board of directors met Tuesday to formulate a response to the firestorm created by last week’s Rolling Stone article detailing the disturbing sexual assault of a woman at a fraternity house and the “culture of rape” plaguing the school. In response to the story, the school suspended activities at all fraternities and sororities, where officials acknowledge much of the drinking on campus takes place.

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Federal lawsuits challenge Harvard, UNC over race-based affirmative action

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/26/14, 08:30 am

Federal lawsuits filed last week against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill allege improper race-based admissions practices at both universities. 

The suits contend race-based affirmative action policies disproportionately discriminate against high-achieving white and Asian-American students. The Harvard lawsuit specifically asserts that the Ivy League university limits the number of Asian-American students it admits every year.

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