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  • Rhode Island: Brown University announced Monday sanctions against two fraternities for hosting unregistered parties that created "an environment that facilitated sexual misconduct." The first, Phi Kappa Psi, lost its university recognition for four years. Last fall, a woman reported she was sexually assaulted at the fraternity's house after having a drink spiked with a date-rape drug. The second, Sigma Chi, will be on probation until 2016. "All Brown community members are expected to ensure that adequate security measures are in place," read the statement. An appeals process upheld the sanctions (Arditi, Providence Journal, 1/19; Brown University release).
  • California: Gov. Jerry Brown (R) and University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano last week asked the system's board to name them the only members of an informal committee reviewing UC's finances in an attempt to resolve the ongoing budget standoff that could result in tuition increases. Among the topics to be discussed are: the state's economy, increasing faculty workloads, offering more online courses, and how to speed degree completion. The committee "will facilitate a robust exchange of ideas," says a university spokesman. The first meeting is planned for Jan. 26 and they plan to bring recommendations to the board in March (Leff, AP/Inside Bay Area, 1/19).
  • Maryland: University of Maryland (UMD) students face a 2% tuition increase mid-year following a $40 million cut in state funding. In-state students will pay an additional $76 and out-of-state students will add $279 to their bills, adding $4 million in revenue. Tuition increased 3% last semester, but has not jumped mid-year in more than a decade. Additionally, UMD at College Park saved $3 million by furloughing employees for as many as three days (NBC Washington, 1/19).

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