Around the industry: UMD student government approves fee for Title IX office

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  • Maryland: The University of Maryland at College Park's (UMD) student government recently approved a $34 fee to help cover the costs of running UMD's Title IX office. The fee, which is likely the first of its kind, has been subject to criticism. However, the fee has garnered support among university administrators. "We are supportive of the Student Government Association's proposal, which, if approved, will supplement the existing budget and is a show of support for the important mission of the Title IX office," says university spokesperson Crystal Brown (New, Inside Higher Ed, 10/12).
  • Michigan: University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced Thursday that the institution will invest $85 million over the next five years in diversity programs as part of the university's new diversity strategic plan. Under the initiative, there will be programs for helping incoming freshmen understand cultural differences; inclusive teaching methods for new faculty; recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff; and taking ideas about improving diversity from members of the campus community (Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 10/6). 
  • Louisiana: Louisiana State University's (LSU) live tiger mascot, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, died Tuesday. Mike VI "took an obvious turn for the worse" over the previous weekend and staff made the decision to euthanize him, David Baker, the LSU veterinarian in charge of Mike VI's care, wrote in a letter to the community. Mike VI was the only live tiger mascot living on a college campus, LSU officials told ESPN. Baker also told ESPN that he has started the search for Mike VII in animal rescue facilities (AP/ESPN, 10/11; Baker, The Advocate, 10/13; Lowe, LSU Athletic Department release, 10/11).  

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