Around the industry: UT regent sues his own chancellor

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  • Tennessee: A judge declared a mistrial in the case against two former Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping a fellow student and released them Wednesday from jail on bond. The judge ordered the mistrial because a juror did not disclose during the selection process that he was a victim of rape. Prosecutors say they plan to ask for a new trial date as soon as possible (Ghianni, Reuters, 6/24).
  • Texas: Wallace Hall, a controversial University of Texas (UT) System regent, is suing Chancellor William McRaven for access to private student records. The records in question were used recently by a third party to conclude that former UT leaders helped dozens of students gain admittance to UT schools. Hall and McRaven have been at odds for months over the records, which McRaven says are protected by federal privacy laws (Watkins, Texas Tribune, 6/23).
  • Washington, D.C.: The House Appropriations Committee cleared a spending bill that slashes $2.8 billion from the Department of Education's budget. The bill adheres to the funding caps known as sequestration—and President Obama has vowed to veto any budget that perpetuates sequestration. As such, many think the current bill has no chance of being enacted—with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) going so far as to call the bill a "colossal waste of time" (Camera, Education Week, 6/24).

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