Around the industry: Student sues university after being accused of rape

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  • New York: Emma Sulkowicz made national headlines when she decided to carry a mattress around campus after her alleged rapist was cleared by the university. Now, Paul Nungesser, a German citizen, says Sulkowicz has harassed and defamed him, hurting his ability to find a job and stay in America. Nungesser is suing Columbia University, alleging that the school failed to protect him from Sulkowicz' harassment (AP/CBS New York, 4/23).
  • Pennsylvania: Drexel University has become the latest institution to mistakenly send acceptance letters to students who were not admitted. Congratulatory emails were sent to 495 students who had been rejected or had not completed their applications. Officials say the emails were intended to remind accepted students of an upcoming deadline (AP/Patriot News, 4/23).
  • Vermont: By partnering with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Champlain College plans to offer online courses and training to federal employees and their dependents. Courses will be heavily discounted—with up to 70% lower tuition—meaning that students will be able to earn a bachelor's or master's degree for about $12,000 to $13,000 (AP/Burlington Free Press, 4/20).

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