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Growing Like a Weed

Colorado State University Pueblo has a greenhouse full of hemp plants. The plants look a lot like marijuana, but David Lehmpuhl, a chemistry professor and interim dean of the university’s college of STEM, tells students during tours of the greenhouse that smoking the stuff yields a headache, not a high. The plants — intentionally low …

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Fear for the Future

Ahmad Zahid Mujaddedi logged in for a Zoom call late Saturday night after a long day helping distribute clothing and blankets collected for internally displaced people who had gathered in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he is enrolled at the American University of Afghanistan. The situation was dire. The Taliban’s advance through the central Asian country had …

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Tenure for the Teachers

Academe may be trending away from tenure but Worcester Polytechnic Institute is adding 15 tenure-track faculty lines this academic year. It will add 15 more tenure-track lines during each of the of next two years, for a total of 45. These aren’t typical tenure-track lines, either: the slots are reserved for current WPI full-time, non-tenure-track …

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NCAA Powerless to Punish Baylor for Sexual Misconduct

A slew of sexual assaults by Baylor University athletes in the first half of the 2010s — and widespread efforts by university administrators to quash information about the violence — made the Texas private university a national example of a sports program out of control. But when the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the results of its years-long investigation into the …

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Protecting Students Who Seek Mental Health Treatment

The U.S. Justice Department reached a settlement with Brown University after students who took medical leaves for mental health reasons were refused readmission, even after their doctors cleared them to return. A department investigation found that Brown broke the law by denying readmission to dozens of undergraduates who sought to return to campus after taking …

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Détente for Australian Universitiesv

Sydney’s heavyweight universities will put aside decades of “bickering” to increase their value to policymakers, according to the new head of Australia’s oldest higher education institution.   University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Mark Scott intends to boost collaboration with the city’s other top-ranked institution, the University of New South Wales or UNSW Sydney, in a …

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Cornell Says No Remote Teaching as COVID Fears Persist

Cornell University said this week it will not consider any faculty requests to teach remotely instead of in person, not even from those seeking accommodations for chronic illnesses or disabilities. Scholars questioned the legality and the wisdom of Cornell’s stance in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” …

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