Tuesday, January 2, 2018

OSU, fired professor spar over public records, campus office

By Molly Young
December 21, 2017

An attorney for Oregon State University told a Benton County judge on Thursday that the records related to the firing of a professor for sexual harassment and bullying should remain sealed because his victims have a right to privacy.

Only the court needs to be able to review the large file of records about A. Morrie Craig's dismissal from the school, not the public, said Cody Elliot, a Portland lawyer who represents Oregon State.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Principal disciplined for failing to act on warnings of teacher sexual misconduct wins in court

By Betsy Hammond
December 29, 2017

In a case that could have broader social implications for how schools respond to educator sexual misconduct, an Oregon appeals court sided with a principal who took no action after employees alerted him a male teacher was spending time alone with a female student he later had move in with him.

The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the state's revocation of the now-retired principal's license Thursday.  A three-judge panel faulted the state teacher licensing agency for failing to cite professional standards or expectations that would have made clear how a principal should respond to reports that a teacher may be breaching personal or sexual boundaries with a student.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Answers to your questions about Ballot Measure 101 and the health care of Oregonians

Oregon Center for Public Policy
By Janet Bauer
November 2017

We've been getting questions about what Ballot Measure 101 means for Oregonians' health care.  To help you sort it out, we provide answers to the following common questions:

What is Measure 101?
When is the Measure 101 vote?
What does a "yes" vote do?
What does a "no" vote do?

Answers to these and many more questions at the OCPP website here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Oregon Will Join Lawsuit Against FCC on Net Neutrality

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
December 14, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 this morning to repeal the doctrine of "net neutrality."

The effect of that decision is to allow internet service providers to change the terms under which they do business, potentially treating different customers differently and charging them accordingly.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ron Wyden joins calls for Donald Trump to resign over alleged sex misconduct

By Gordon R. Friedman

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden on Monday joined the chorus of Democratic senators calling for President Donald Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.  He also said Congress should launch an investigation if Trump will not step down.

Wyden's statement comes amid a wave of women speaking up about sexual mistreatment they say they have endured at the hands of powerful men in politics, the news media and entertainment industry.  Calls for Trump's resignation are also growing among the state's most liberal Democrats as several of Trump's accusers are saying publicly that the president should pay a political price for his alleged sexual indiscretions. 

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

OSU won't fight judge's decision to examine professor's firing

By Andrew Theen
December 7, 2017

The fate of an Oregon State University professor fired on sexual harassment and bullying charges this fall will have to wait at least another week.

A. Morrie Craig, a long-time toxicology professor fired by President Ed Ray on Oct. 30 following a faculty-led conduct hearing, appealed his termination to the university's board of trustees.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

OSU professor fired for sexual harassment, bullying, makes rare appeal to trustees

By Andrew Theen
December 5, 2017

A veteran Oregon State University professor fired over allegations of sexual harassment and bullying has appealed his dismissal to the school's board of trustees, according to board documents.

Oregon State trustees on Dec. 11 will determine the fate of A. Morrie Craig, a toxicology professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He was first hired by the university in 1976.

Read the article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Higher education leaders in Oregon nervously wait as tax plan still could be 'devastating' to students

By Andrew Theen
December 1, 2017

College students and campus administrators in Oregon are nervously watching Congress to see whether the final Republican tax plan includes policies that private and public university leaders alike say would be devastating for students and make college less accessible for everyone.

Republicans appear to have enough votes to pass the Senate version of their tax plan, but higher education officials say the House version approved Nov. 16 presents far more damaging policy changes that would make college more expensive for graduate students in particular.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oregon State Will Change Some Building Names

Inside Higher Ed
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
November 28, 2017

Oregon State University will rename multiple campus buildings after concerns they were named for racists, it announced Monday.

University President Ed Ray has asked for recommendations for new names for Avery Lodge and Benton Hall and its annex, which all house various administrative offices.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

Pacific University announces $80 million fundraising campaign

By Andrew Theen
November 22, 2017

Pacific University, the private school with campuses in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, said it plans to raise $80 million by 2020.

The school is expected to formally announce its latest fundraising effort Monday.  According to the website, Pacific is more than halfway to that goal already.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.