Around the industry: Facing student protests, Seattle University dean placed on leave

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  • California: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the University of California, San Diego, over its student government's decision to defund a controversial campus publication that ran a story mocking trigger warnings and safe spaces. The lawsuit argues that the student government violated freedom of speech by denying The Koala funding because of its views and violated freedom of the press by refusing to fund The Koala while funding other publications (Inside Higher Ed, 6/7). 
  • Maryland: Adjunct professors at McDaniel College voted 82-36 in favor of forming a union, according to votes tallied Monday by the National Labor Relations Board. The union will represent graduate students who teach courses as well as adjunct faculty. Currently, Montgomery College is the only other college in the state with a union for adjuncts (Wells, Baltimore Sun, 6/6).
  • Washington: The dean of Seattle University's (SU) Matteo Ricci College was placed on administrative leave last Wednesday in the midst of a student protest over the school's curriculum and culture. Interim Provost Bob Dullea says Jodi Kelley will remain on leave pending the outcome of complaints filed in the school's Office of Institutional Equity and a "broader review of issues" regarding Kelley's role as dean. Matteo Ricci's chaplain and co-founder John Foster has also been placed on leave (Lee, Seattle Times, 6/1). 

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