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Proposal for a UO black cultural center in limbo

University of Oregon administration is considering whether to open a black cultural center on campus, as plans to meet the Black Student Task Force’s demands continue to come to fruition. When the BSTF sent the administration a list of demands to increase campus inclusion for black students, it called for …

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UO reorganizes Johnson hall, names new vice presidents

The University of Oregon has named its new interim vice president for student life and vice president for student services and enrollment management, UO President Michael Schill announced in an email to campus. Kevin Marbury, the current director of physical education and recreation, has been named interim vice president for student life. …

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UO Foundation to unexpectedly work towards divesting

University of Oregon Foundation unexpectedly announced its plan to divest on its website on Sept. 8. “We are proud to lead the Pac-12 in adopting the first ever environmental, social and governance considerations to help inform our investment decisions,” a statement signed by Chief Investment Officer Jay Namyet said. UO …

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Board of Trustees meets, discusses tuition and fees setting process

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees met Friday to discuss the tuition and fees setting process, financial aids, cluster hiring and the Presidential Assessment Report. The Tuition and Fees Advisory Board will be meeting at least five times from November to January, Provost Scott Coltrane said at the meeting. The …

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Dunn Hall renaming follows national trend

Yesterday, the UO Board of Trustees unanimously voted to strip Dunn Hall of its name. “Taking people’s names off buildings is something we should do very, very carefully,” Schill said while addressing the board on Thursday. “It’s very dangerous to obscure history.” The decision marks the University of Oregon as the …

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UO Board of Trustees votes unanimously to dename Dunn Hall

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees voted unanimously to dename the controversial Dunn Hall during its quarterly public meeting on Sept. 8. It will be called Cedar Hall until a new name is chosen. UO President Michael Schill said he would recommend a process for determining a new name …

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UO’s historic graduate student union a model for private universities

On Aug. 23, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants at private universities must be treated as employees. This status gave thousands of graduate students across the country the new right to unionize, and it’s likely that they’ll look to the …

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UO Senate workgroup to narrow approach to responsible employee sexual assault reporting

The UO Senate workgroup tasked with drafting a permanent sexual harassment reporting policy will likely propose the university narrow its approach to requiring mandatory reporting. Consensus on this point was reached during the committee’s second meeting today, which follows its previously determined timeline to draft a new policy by Sept. …

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Schill suggests Dunn Hall denamed, postpones decision for Deady

University of Oregon president Michael Schill released an open letter today addressing the Black Student Task Force list of demands. The demands include, among other concerns, the renaming of Deady and Dunn Halls because of links to racism. “Many of the demands are quite reasonable—consistent with our institutional priorities and the IDEAL diversity framework—and, …

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Darci Heroy to continue improving sexual assault response and prevention as permanent Title IX Coordinator

On Feb. 27, 2015, University of Oregon protesters marched into Johnson Hall with signs and shouts, demanding that the university change its treatment of sexual assault victims. On that day, the administrators responded by locking doors and refusing to answer phones. Since then, UO administration has responded to student unrest …

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President names new provost search committee

University of Oregon President Michael Schill named 17 UO constituents to a provost search committee on Aug. 19, effectively launching the search for the new Senior Vice President and chief academic officer. The committee’s formation follows a June announcement that current provost Scott Coltrane plans to retire next summer, after …

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UO Senate work group meets to lay out groundwork for permanent mandatory reporting policy

A group of ten faculty, staff and students, under the leadership of UO law professor Merle Weiner, met August 25 to start tackling the new mandatory reporting policy. The work group is working on a tight timeline, Weiner said. Ideally, it will have to come up with a rough draft of the policy …

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UO implements emergency mandatory reporting policy that clarifies “responsible employee”

University of Oregon President Michael Schill signed off on temporary changes in UO’s mandatory reporting policy August 19, giving the UO Senate time to draft new language for a permanent policy. Changes to the preexisting policy include the clarification of terms such as “responsible employee” and “confidential sources,” according to …

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Did the head of the counseling center violate her ethics as a psychologist?

The fallout the University of Oregon suffered after an alleged 2014 rape involving three basketball players isn’t over. The Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners issued a letter of reprimand and fined Shelly Kerr, director of the University Testing and Counseling Center, $2,500, assigning her to take a six-hour course on “professional …

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Emerald poll: Students and faculty voted on renaming Dunn and Deady Hall

The results are in. Poll: Would students and faculty like to see the names of Deady Hall and Dunn Hall changed? https://t.co/mpc71wpwEm — Emerald (@DailyEmerald) August 9, 2016 The Emerald asked students and faculty to vote on changing the names of Dunn and Deady Hall, which are named after a member …

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Free speech in safe spaces: UO faculty want to amend the Bias Education and Response Team

In May 1999, a University of Oregon student said to his class that Hispanic people have a poor work ethic. In the arguments that ensued, one student said to an Asian classmate over email that if she didn’t shut up, “you will see what racism truly is.” After the university …

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UO pays $425,00 to settle lawsuit with two former counseling center employees

Correction: A previous version of this story referred to the counseling center as the health center. The two are different entities. The University of Oregon settled a lawsuit with two former counseling center whistleblowers for the amount of $425,000 in total Sunday. The whistleblowers, two employees at the University Counseling and …

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Months late, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity website update in progress

After displaying outdated information for months, the University of Oregon’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity has finally addressed problems with the accuracy of its website. For the students and faculty at the University of Oregon, answering questions about sensitive topics such as reporting sexual assault and harassment had been …

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The UO Bias Education Response Team is under examination from the UO Senate

The Bias Education and Response Team is under scrutiny from professors and staff after 15 years of operating at University of Oregon. A task force meant to collect information and enact policy on BERT has been formed by the UO Senate, a democratic body representing faculty, staff and students on …

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UO Administration and GTFF reach contract agreements, this time without strikes

The University of Oregon Administration and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation met on June 30 to negotiate the latest contract agreements for GTFs and the university. Unlike the negotiations two years ago, this year’s did not result in most of the graduate fellows going on strike. There were a few …

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UO Provost Scott Coltrane to retire next year

University of Oregon Provost Scott Coltrane will retire next year, President Michael Schill announced Wednesday afternoon in an email sent out to the university community. The update from Around the O offers a review of Coltrane’s achievements in his tenure at the university. Coltrane joined the university in 2008 as …

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Recap: One year after hiring, Michael Schill formally invested as UO President

University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s official investiture as the university’s president was on June 1. The ceremony, open to the public, was held in the Matthew Knight Arena and attended by UO faculty, alumni, investors and community members. While Schill has been the serving as president of the UO …

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The Board of Trustees’ end of year meeting: Divest UO, Renaming Deady and Schill’s first year

President Michael Schill all but raved about his first 11 months at the University of Oregon to the Board of Trustees at their final meeting for the 2015-16 school year. Students from the Divest UO movement had their time in the sun as well, urging the Board to move away from its …

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Following Shasta littering incident, UO Lambda Chi Alpha chapter suspended by national headquarters

Update: May 24, 12:38 a.m. The UO Chapter of Lambda Alpha Chi released an official statement Monday evening apologizing for “any destruction of the Lake Shasta resort and the surrounding environment,” and pledged to work with the U.S. forest service to arrange a clean up crew. The statement also echoed the chapter’s …

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UC Eugene — why Californian students keep coming and what it means for the UO

The number of Californians who attend the University of Oregon has more than doubled in the last nine years. To put that into perspective, you only need to look as far as the UO’s nicknames: University of California—Eugene or Cal State Oregon. At the beginning of this year, there were …

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Split opinions from campus community on the proposed mandatory report policy

University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellow Bethany Howe said mandatory reporting for sexual assault helps save lives.   “When a student comes to me to tell me something, they are essentially crying for help. They want me, expect me, need me to say something and do something to get them …

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UO Senate temporarily votes down mandatory reporting policy, but debate will continue

The UO’s mandatory reporting policy will remain the same for at least the immediate future. A motion to revise the current “Responsible Employee” policy failed at May 18’s UO Senate meeting by a vote of 15-16 with 20 absent senators. The proposal would have widely expanded the university’s policy to include …

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From overseeing to advising, possible changes coming for athletics committee

The efficiency of the university’s Intercollegiate Athletic committee has been called into question, by the committee itself. Chair of the committee Andy Karduna and Faculty Athletic Representative Tim Gleason have drafted a proposal that would address its shortcomings. In its current oversight role, communication between the senate, committee and president …

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UO Libraries collections budget reduced by $565,000

UO Libraries is cutting its collection budget by over half a million dollars this year in response to administration’s realignment process. Collections technically encompass all the media the library owns. The cuts will not affect permanent additions to the library like the books on the shelf. The areas that will …

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W. Andrew Marcus selected as UO College of Arts and Sciences dean

The number of deans yet to be announced has been reduced by one this morning. Dr. W. Andrew Marcus was named the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences by Provost Scott Coltrane in an email this morning. Marcus has served at the UO for the past 15 years and …

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