- California: A policy requiring all new hires at California State University to undergo an extensive background check is garnering backlash from faculty who alleged the practice may eliminate worthy applicants. Last month, the Academic Senate asked the system chancellor to freeze the policy, which went into effect in August, until a task force examines how the 23 campuses will use the new screenings. The faculty allege they had no say in the policy before it was enacted (Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 12/7).
- Canada: Memorial University officials are cancelling the institution's subscriptions to about 2,500 academic journals in an effort to cut costs to meet a $5 million journal budget. The school is asking for feedback from faculty regarding which journals to nix and which to keep. "It's sort of like saying, 'Well, the library needs to cut costs so let's just put the lights out," says Professor Scott Matthews. "It would certainly save money, but you would hardly have a library that was going to be of use to any people" (Howells, CBC News, 12/08).
- Massachusetts: At least 80 Boston College students are sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant near campus. Company officials say they believe the norovirus—not another incidence of an E.coli—is to blame for the students "gastrointestinal symptoms" (AP/Fox Boston, 12/8).
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