- Arkansas: The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is renaming its class registration system. On January 1, the program currently known as the Integrated Student Information System—or ISIS—will be called UAConnect. Officials decided on the change prior to the Paris attacks, according to a school official. The new name is more descriptive, says interim Chancellor Dan Ferritor. "ISIS doesn't mean anything, except right now it's got some pretty negative meanings" (Adams, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 11/20).
- Florida: A federal jury found former Florida State University assistant professor James Doran guilty of embezzling $650,000 from the College of Business “Student Investment Fund,” for which he was the faculty adviser. Prosecutors say the crimes took places between 2010 and 2011. Doran faces up to 10 years in prison (Montanaro, WCTV, 11/19).
- Massachusetts: Activists at Smith College barred reporters from a solidarity sit-in last week unless media members said they supported the students' cause. Between 300 to 500 students participated in the event. Activists say they wanted to create a space where students could share thoughts and experiences on race without fear of insensitive media coverage (Newberry, MassLive.com, 11/19).
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