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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, file photo, people remove belongings on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., amid the coronavirus pandemic. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill announced it has identified two clusters of the coronavirus on campus in its first week of fall classes. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

UNC-Chapel Hill sees two COVID outbreaks in reopened dorms

Aug. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — School is back in session this week at many North Carolina college campuses, and so is the coronavirus. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced on Friday it had two separate clusters of COVID-19 occur among residents of Ehringhaus Community and Granville Towers. At...

Oklahoma college students request 'gap year' amid pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — New students at Oklahoma's two largest universities are deferring enrollment due to uncertainty and fear about their college experience during the coronavirus pandemic. As of Aug. 8, 89 students at the University of Oklahoma and 75 students at the Oklahoma State University had requested...

A group of Minnesota State University, Mankato students sit at The 507 in Mankato, Minn., Wednesday, July 8, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. Clockwise from left are Josh Hamond, 21, Jake West, 22, Bailey Higgins, 23, Kara Winters, 21, AJ Wilson, 21, and Elva Colman, 22. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota urges college students to stay home, avoid bars

Aug. 14, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As students prepare to return to Minnesota's colleges and universities, health officials made a plea Friday for them to stay home and avoid crowded bars, house parties and road trips during what's left of their summer vacation so that they don't bring the coronavirus to campus. "Lay low...

Columbia, Barnard cancel in-person classes for the fall

Aug. 14, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University and Barnard College on Friday joined a growing list of schools that have backed off holding in-person classes in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The two New York City schools announced that all undergraduate classes will be conducted remotely. The Ivy...

University of Oregon to cover racist library murals

Aug. 14, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon will cover four murals in a library after years of outcry from students, staff, faculty and community members who felt the murals’ language and portrayal of Indigenous people was racist. One mural in the Knight Library, titled the “Mission of a...

President of Indiana University Michael McRobbie, left, and Lee Feinstein, Dean for the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, right, smile as they listen to Presidential nominee hopeful Pete Buttigieg at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, Ind. Tuesday, June 11, 2019. McRobbie announced Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 that he plans to retire in June 2021 after a 14-year tenure as one of the school's longest-serving leaders. (Rich Janzaruk/The Herald-Times via AP)

IU President McRobbie to retire next year after 14 years

Aug. 14, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Friday that he plans to retire in June 2021 after a 14-year tenure as one of the school's longest-serving leaders. McRobbie had informed the school's trustees several months ago that he intended to step down, the school said...

Iowa State says 75 more students test positive for COVID-19

Aug. 14, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Another 75 students have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus as they moved back to campus at Iowa State University, the university announced Friday. The university is testing all students living in residence halls or on-campus housing at they move in before classes start Monday. The 75...

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the University of Kansas shows researcher Franklin Feng Tao. Tao, of Lawrence, Kansas, was indicted last year for not disclosing on conflict-of-interest forms work he was allegedly doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas. Defense attorneys, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020,  have filed a motion seeking to throw out the charges. (Kelsey Kimberlin/University of Kansas via AP, File)

Filing: Kansas prof's prosecution criminalizes job disputes

Aug. 14, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The prosecution of a Kansas researcher ensnared in a U.S. government crackdown on Chinese economic espionage and trade secret theft opens the door to criminalizing workplace disagreements, his attorneys argued Friday in a motion asking a court to throw out the charges. Feng...

University of Wyoming approves revised reopening plan

Aug. 14, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming approved a revised reopening plan less than two weeks before classes are due to resume. When the semester starts on Aug. 24, all courses will be online, officials said. Students who are not on campus will be encouraged not to come. Currently, there are...

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announces the cancellation of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade and Road Race due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP)

UMass taps lawyer to probe Alex Morse misconduct allegations

Aug. 14, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state university has hired a prominent Boston lawyer to conduct an independent review into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, a former adjunct professor who is running for Congress. The University of Massachusetts Amherst said Friday that...