Around the industry: Fraternity chapter suspended for three years over nude photos

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  • California: The state legislature is considering three separate bills related to campus sexual assault. The first would require colleges to ask students if they have been convicted of sexual assault on admissions applications, the second would add information about sexual assault convictions to student transcripts, and the third would mandate suspending convicted students for two years at minimum (Davies, KRCR ABC News, 5/19; García Mathewson, Education Dive, 5/22).
  • New Jersey: The 130-year-old Drake College of Business plans to close on July 31, officials say. The for-profit college attracted attention in 2010 for actively recruiting and enrolling homeless individuals. In 2008, Drake began offering to pay potential students $350 biweekly for enrolling, attending class, and maintaining a C average. However, in 2012, a Senate committee found that Drake had an unusually high loan default rate: 40.1% for students who entered in 2008 (Smith, Inside Higher Ed, 5/22).
  • Pennsylvania: The chapter of Kappa Delta Rho at Pennsylvania State University has been shut down for three years after allegedly circulating illicit photographs online. According to reports, members used a private Facebook page to exchange images of hazing, drug sales, and what appear to be nude, unconscious, or sleeping female students. University officials acknowledged that "not every member of the chapter was equally culpable," but said "the sum of organizational misbehaviors is far more than the university can tolerate" (Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/26).

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