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University Senate: Harbaugh on upcoming senate elections, what’s changing

In the coming weeks the University Senate will hold elections to slate a new vice president and president-elect after it officially instates its new president, Bill Harbaugh. As Senate president, Harbaugh said he will focus on updating course evaluations, continuing the conversations on core education and improving the relationship between …

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At the heart of a student conduct controversy, the UO Student Collective pushed back

During fall term, a student demonstration sparked a debate that would challenge the student conduct code, the power of administrators, and institutionalized racism on campus. The issue even gained national media attention when the New York Times published an op-ed from President Michael Schill criticizing the protest. After the University …

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President Schill approves funding for seven parts of the university

UO President Michael Schill and Provost Jayanth Banavar approved strategic initiative funding from a set of recommendations from the UO’s Budget Advisory Group, according to reporting by Around the O. Strategic investments are defined by the University of Oregon as “a central (non-unit-based) priority designed to have a transformational effect …

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Senate passes resolution to withdraw the North Campus renovation proposals

The University Senate passed a faculty-sponsored resolution this afternoon to withdraw the North Campus conditional use permit. The permit aims to renovate athletic fields and develop parking lots to accommodate the new Knight Campus. The resolution calls on the Senate to support their motion to withdraw the plans to renovate …

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Administration will not punish students for Wednesday’s walkout, Provost says

UO Provost Jayanth Banavar stated in an email to UO instructors that students who participate in the National School Walkout tomorrow will not be charged with student conduct code violations. But an instructor can choose to mark students as absent if they participate in the walkout, according to Banavar. Also, …

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A riverfront conundrum: UO submits land use permit to city, sparking controversy over possible artificial turf fields

Situated on the south bank of the Willamette River, the University of Oregon riverfront fields are — to put it politely — rugged. Often overlooked, these fields are only noticed during the walk to Autzen that guides Duck fans through the patchy riverfront grass. But the fields are a burden …

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Day two highlights from Board of Trustees meeting: tuition raise and differential tuition approved

The Board of Trustees met for the second day and has voted to increase tuition and approve differential tuition. While many University of Oregon students spoke up against the tuition raise at the meeting, it was approved unanimously. Here are a few highlights from the day’s meeting. Tuition Raise The …

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Schill supports 2.84% in-state tuition increase, may cut back cost of Honors College

University of Oregon President Michael Schill sent a campus-wide email on Friday describing his hope to reduce the cost of the honors college, add a $20-per-credit fee to undergraduate business classes and to continue with overall tuition increases for next year. Honors college students currently pay $4,194 more than standard …

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“Rolling the dice”: TFAB weighs tuition increases against enrollment, budget shortfall for 2019

After more than a month of deliberation, the University of Oregon’s Tuition and Fee Advisory Board has reached a reluctant consensus: they recommend a tuition increase of 2.84 percent for in-state students and 2.49 percent for out-of-state students during the 2018-19 academic year.  That’s a $6 per-credit-hour increase for residents and …

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UO gets custom portrait of President Schill, but it will remain in storage until he leaves

University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s portrait was finished and unveiled over winter break in a private showing in the faculty club space of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The artist of Schill’s portrait, Eugene native Lynda Lanker, requested The Emerald to not publish a picture of the portrait, but …

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UO Senate denounces white supremacy and creates group to teach students about racism

The university senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to support the student collective’s second resolution — to denounce white supremacy on campus and to create a task force to educate students on UO’s history. The task force will also propose modifications to white nationalist monuments on campus. They did not state …

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Differential tuition in Lundquist College: Who should foot the bill?

The Lundquist College of Business needs a financial boost, and it could be coming straight out of business students’ pockets. The college has proposed a “differential tuition” for its classes — meaning students who take courses offered by Lundquist College will be charged $20 more per credit hour, on top …

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UO Provost Jayanth Banavar talks diversity, student success and his first term at UO

University of Oregon Provost Jayanth Banavar has very full days. Meetings with faculty, with students and with deans from different schools and colleges — all with the aim to solve as many issues as he can. “The job I have is really to be a champion for our students, for …

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UO hosts annual employee awards ceremony for the Outstanding Employee Award

About 100 people gathered in the ballroom of the University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center on Nov. 28, to congratulate and celebrate the 12 recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Employee Award. Every year, UO’s Human Resources department awards faculty who exemplify the mission of the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Employee …

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Breaking Down Fall Term’s Top News Stories

Three stories stood out this term because of their impact on the policy and direction of UO. A sexual assault investigation of a former UO basketball player prompted a U.S. senator to write a letter investigating the school’s policies. Students interrupting a speech led to a national conversation about free …

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Marbury appointed to VP for student life

University of Oregon President Michael Schill has appointed Kevin Marbury to the permanent position of vice president for student life, according to a Tuesday student email announcement. Instead of performing an external search for a new vice president, President Schill decided to appoint Marbury, the current interim vice president, to …

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Student protesters can’t receive legal help from UO with their conduct code violation charges

Students protesters charged with violating the conduct code say they are being turned away from the University of Oregon’s student legal counseling. Some of the 13 students who were charged after protesters interrupted UO President Michael Schill’s Oct. 6 State of the University speech say they were told that receiving …

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Student protester calls for a ‘fair and public trial’ after UO charged them with conduct code violations

Update: The UO Student Collective sent out a press release that requested the UO senate support the collective’s demands. On Sunday, a member of the UO Student Collective made a Facebook post that criticized the process the UO took when charging them and other students with conduct code violations. This …

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[Updated] UO says it followed proper protocol in response to Sen. Wyden’s questions on sexual assault investigation

Update at Tuesday 4:40 p.m.:  On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Wyden responded to the Emerald’s request for comment saying that he is open to a conversation with UO President Michael Schill. “I love my alma mater and want to get this fixed as soon as possible – a goal that of …

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UO charges student with conduct violation for protest she says she didn’t attend

A University of Oregon student who was charged with student conduct code violations for participating in a demonstration on Oct. 6 says she was not at the protest. Lola Loustaunau, a UO grad student, said she was at home on a Skype call with a friend from Argentina when dozens …

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UO protesters charged with violations of student conduct code for protesting Schill’s speech

On Monday, members of the UO Student Collective, a group of student activists, were notified by university officials that members are being charged with violating the UO student conduct code after they protested UO President Michael Schill’s state of the university address on Oct. 6. The members were charged with two violations: “disruption …

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UO struggles to maintain in-state enrollment

The number of college-ready Oregon high school graduates is shrinking, leaving UO searching for ways to maintain in-state enrollment numbers. According to Roger Thompson, vice president of Student Services and Enrollment, in order to maintain the number of in-state students, the school will need to increase the percentage of in-state …

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Schill shouted down: Small protest, big disruption

Protesters swarmed the EMU Ballroom stage last Friday to disrupt University President Michael Schill’s scheduled State of the University speech. Compared to past protests at UO, this was a small one — but it ended the speech before it could begin. A group of about 45 protesters identifying as “the …

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President Schill speech suspended by protesting students

UO President Schill’s State of the University speech was suspended after a group of protesting students swarmed the stage after it started. Hundreds of audience members left the EMU Ballroom after Kevin Marbury, interim vice president of student life, announced the suspension about five minutes into the protest speech. Marbury …

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UO confirms $50 million donation ahead of President Schill’s speech

University officials confirmed an anonymous donation of $50 million to be spent at the discretion of President Michael Schill on Friday morning. The university was responding to an article in the Register-Guard that stated a fund called the “Presidential Fund for Excellence” was created with the donation, and that none …

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President Schill to give welcome speech to UO campus

On Friday, October 6, UO President Michael Schill will give a “State of the University” speech to students, faculty and others in the campus community. The speech will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be held on campus in the ERB Memorial Ballroom. His speech was announced on Around the …

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Firing of Oregon Bach Festival director is still a mystery

Last month, University of Oregon fired Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director Matthew Halls. The firing was a shock because in June the university gave Halls a long-term contract that included the promise of a six-figure paycheck. But the reason UO fired Halls is still unclear. UO also agreed to pay …

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New Affirmative Action Director has social justice in her genes

During World War II, Tracey Tsugawa’s parents and grandparents were incarcerated in U.S. internment camps, and it caused a streak of strong political consciousness in her family. Now, Tsugawa will bring that sense of social justice to the University of Oregon as the new Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal …

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Voluntary and mandatory medical leave: what you need to know

As students enter a new school year, there’s always a concern that due to something like a torn ACL, anxiety or depression, they will have to drop out. But UO has a policy for these situations that often goes unseen, and it could mean that a student loses their tuition …

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President Schill doesn’t expect big changes to Title IX policy

On Friday, the Trump administration released new temporary guidelines for universities that are investigating sexual assault. But President Schill’s response on Saturday indicated he doesn’t expect much to change. “We believe that new guidance will have very little, if any, impact on our current policies and procedures related to Title …

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