Duquesne University professor who used N-word in class video on paid leave, pending investigation

A Duquesne University professor who used the N-word in a class video is on paid leave, pending investigation, the university confirmed Friday evening. A university spokesman confirmed the faculty member in the video, Professor Gary Shank, is no longer teaching and another professor is taking over the course. The course was educational psychology, and it was held at 10-10:50 a.m. “As this is a personal matter, further specifics cannot be discussed, but another professor is taking over the course,” the university said in a statement. In a video shared on social media, the professor can be seen explaining how the word will be used in “the pedagogical sense.”He then gives examples of when that word was used when he was younger. The university said School of Education Dean Gretchen Generett sent the following letter to the students in the class within moments of learning about the incident: “I am writing … Read More

Harvard’s international students are begging the school to let them come to campus in the fall, citing fears of being stuck in unstable home environments if they’re forced to leave the US

One student is circulating a "Hear Us Harvard" petition asking the university to better support international students.
One student is circulating a “Hear Us Harvard” petition asking the university to better support international students.

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  • Last week, ICE released guidance stating that international students would not be allowed back into the US in the fall unless they were taking in-person classes at their university.

  • This poses a problem for Harvard’s international students, as the school recently said classes in the fall would be entirely remote.

  • Students told Business Insider that these regulations pose serious problems for them, including the difficulty of keeping up with online courses while in a different time zone and with poor internet connection.

  • Some also face unsafe or unaccommodating home situations, making it even harder for them to find a proper place to keep up with their studies.

  • Rachael Dane, a spokesperson for Harvard, told Business Insider that “the overwhelming reason to deliver all instruction remotely is Harvard’s commitment to protecting the

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Canada’s cautious school reopening plans leave moms in the lurch

By Julie Gordon

OTTAWA (Reuters) – April van Ert should have been relieved when her son’s Vancouver school reopened on June 1. For months she had been juggling her busy job and her 11-year-old son’s education amid the COVID-19 shutdowns.

But due to distancing requirements, the return was hybrid: one day in class, and online work the rest of the week. The model was “completely untenable” for working parents, said van Ert.

“If that’s the plan if there’s a resurgence in the fall, then I don’t see how I’m going to avoid reducing the hours I work,” she said.

Planning is now underway to get Canadian children back into classrooms in the fall and many provinces are eyeing Vancouver’s hybrid model: part-time in school and part-time at home with online learning.

It’s the same model being considered by New York City, the early epicentre of the U.S. coronavirus crisis, as

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U.S. Visa Changes Leave Students in Limbo

Loay Alem, an engineering student from Saudi Arabia who is attending University of California Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, July 7, 2020. (Kendrick Brinson/The New York Times)
Loay Alem, an engineering student from Saudi Arabia who is attending University of California Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, July 7, 2020. (Kendrick Brinson/The New York Times)

LONDON — Oliver Philcox was nearing the end of his first year of graduate studies in astrophysics at Princeton University when the coronavirus outbreak began. Classes were halted in March, and then moved online. By May, he had decided to travel home to Britain.

“In the long run, that was a terrible idea,” said Philcox, 24. “But I had assumed I would be able to go back in September.”

Now, the return to an American institution has been thrown into question for Philcox and countless other international students after a directive by the Trump administration that students whose classes were moving entirely online for the fall would be stripped of their visas and required to leave the United States.

Many universities see the

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ICE Says Foreign Students Need To Leave If Their Classes Are Online-Only

ICE is warning international students that they need to transfer or leave the U.S. if their school is only holding online courses

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, U.S. colleges and universities are now facing a big decision: Whether to hold in-person classes in the fall, or ask students to continue virtual learning to promote better the kind of social distancing that can be difficult on campus. Some schools, like Harvard, have already announced that their classes will be online-only for the coming academic year. For international students at those institutions, ICE has an ominous message: Transfer to a school with in-person classes, or leave the U.S.

Students on F-1 and M-1 visas that allow them to study in the U.S. who attend school that are offering only online classes “must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful

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International students must leave USA if universities offer only online classes this fall

The Trump administration announced international students will have to leave the USA, or face possible deportation, if the college or university they attend switches to online-only classes in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Similarly, international students enrolled in colleges or universities offering only online courses this fall will be barred from entering the USA.

In the spring, international students were allowed to attend online-only classes. The reversal could be a major economic blow to colleges and universities, as well as  communities, over the loss of tuition and other revenue from international students who typically pay full price.

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Colleges and universities are implementing layoffs, furloughs and other cost-clotting measures to offset a loss in revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic as more people defer college.

US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreak

The new policy, issued

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