Around the industry: Yale employee who resigned after breaking window with racist imagery given chance to return

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  • Connecticut: A black dishwasher at Yale University who resigned after smashing a stained-glass window with racist imagery has been offered his job back. In mid-June, Corey Menafee broke a stained glass window in Yale's Calhoun College residence that depicted slaves carrying bales of cotton. The university says Menafee would be allowed to return to a position in a different setting after serving a five-week unpaid suspension. Menafee has not yet accepted the offer and is in negotiation with the university (Castillo, USA Today College, 7/19; Megan, Hartford Courant, 7/20; Crocker, Daily Beast, 7/19).
  • North Carolina: A Christian student group at North Carolina State University (NCSU) says it has dropped its lawsuit against four administrators because the university updated its policies regarding student speech on campus. Grace Christian Life argued that requiring students to get permits to hand out informational materials on campus violated free speech rights and that administrators had not enforced the rule fairly. In June, a federal judge issued an order prohibiting NCSU administrators from enforcing the policy (Blythe, News & Observer, 7/19).
  • South Carolina: Clemson University is partnering with the PSG College of Technology in India to offer five of its students the opportunity to pursue automotive engineering degrees at Clemson, beginning this fall. Fellowship recipients will work toward a master's or doctoral degree at Clemson's Department of Automotive Engineering. Indian business mogul Ratan Tata will fund the fellowships, worth $26,500 each year (Cumberbatch, WCSC, 7/19).

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