Around the industry: UVA fraternity chapter sues Rolling Stone for $25M

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  • Illinois: The University of Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas on Monday after a university-hired independent investigator found mistreatment of student-athletes by former football coach Tim Beckman. Though the report found no misconduct by Thomas, he was let go in a no-cause dismissal. Since the spring, the school has faced criticism surrounding coaches hired by Thomas, including allegations of medical mistreatment and racial discrimination (Ryan, Chicago Tribune, 11/9).
  • Tennessee: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) hosted a round table on higher education at Chattanooga State Community College on Monday to discuss the Tennessee Promise program. Additionally, as the chair of the Senate education committee, Alexander discussed his plan to simply FAFSA and reauthorize the Higher Education Act (AP/Times Free Press, 11/9).
  • Virginia: The University of Virginia's chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity filed a $25 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Monday for a 2014 article detailing a ritual gang-rape. The now-retracted and discredited article caused "extreme damage" to fraternity members' reputations, the chapter said in a statement. "The article also subjected the student members and their families to danger and immense stress while jeopardizing the future existence of the chapter." The magazine also faces a $7.5 million federal lawsuit brought by UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo (Shapiro, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 11/9).

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