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US Department of Education Changes College Sexual Assault Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn 2011 guidance on how colleges should handle accusations of sexual assault, saying the policy “failed to ensure fundamental fairness.” A set of interim guidelines has been disclosed. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a release Friday that the interim guidelines “will treat all students fairly.” “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head on,” she said. “There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in…

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Chapel stirs up controversy in small Oklahoma college town

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki ADA, Okla. (AP) — A small chapel nestled on a university campus in a rural central Oklahoma town is at the center of a firestorm over the use of religious symbols on public property after a Washington, D.C.-based group insisted that a cross be removed from atop its steeple. At first, East Central University – a public university with 4,000 students in Ada, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City – complied with the request from Americans United for … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Chapel…

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College towns feel pinch from rental sites like Airbnb

AP Photo/Steven Senne CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Time was when renting an apartment in one of this college town’s funky triple-deckers or two-family homes wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Now, renting in Cambridge can feel like that – something critics say is made tougher by short-term rental websites like Airbnb, through which property owners can make more money renting out apartments or homes by the night instead of a yearlong lease. The debate over services like Airbnb – often criticized for essentially … Read the referenced┬ástory here: College…

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