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ST. PAUL — One of the lawyers for a fired professor suing Macalester College may have to testify about her own sexual harassment claims against a different professor. Poetry professor Kristin Naca is suing the St. Paul school in U.S. District Court, alleging she was improperly fired in July 2015 for having sex with one of her female students.
ST. PAUL — A three-year effort to unionize University of Minnesota faculty is over without going to a vote. Organizers said Thursday, Oct. 5, that they will not appeal last month's decision from the Court of Appeals, which said state law prohibits part-time and contingent faculty at the U from forming the same union as its tenured faculty. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is withdrawing the election petition it filed in January.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 23-year-old woman originally from Grand Forks was arrested for indecent exposure Saturday, Sept. 23, near the end of Minnesota United game at TCF Bank Stadium. University of Minnesota police responded to a call at 9:05 p.m. and found 23-year-old Rose Marie Picklo wearing no shirt or bra. Officers asked her to put on a shirt but she repeatedly refused and argued with police, according to a criminal complaint charging her with gross misdemeanor indecent exposure.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State has reopened its search for the next chancellor of the country's fourth-largest system of colleges and universities. Trustees in February interviewed three finalists from a pool of 43 applicants but decided none was the right fit. Devinder Malhotra, 70, who retired after serving as Metropolitan State University's interim president, stepped in as interim chancellor Aug. 1, when Steven Rosenstone retired. Trustees hope to have a new chancellor in place by August 2018. Applications for priority consideration are due Nov. 9.
ST. PAUL—The University of Minnesota will confront the sins of its past after a library exhibit highlighted a troubling era of discrimination against African-American and Jewish students. President Eric Kaler announced Wednesday he will appoint a committee to "guide our thinking about appropriate modern responses to historical issues on our campuses."
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will hold off on higher-profile construction projects in hopes the state will pay for overdue maintenance of its aging campus buildings. The university has identified $4.2 billion in deferred maintenance work needed over the next 10 years. More than one-quarter of its infrastructure is rated in poor or critical condition.
ST. PAUL — University of Minnesota part-time and contingent faculty may not join the same union as those on the tenure track, the state Court of Appeals said Tuesday, Sept. 5, striking a blow against efforts to unionize faculty on the Twin Cities campus. SEIU Local 284 in January 2016 filed a petition to represent both faculty groups in a single union. But before the roughly 3,000 faculty could vote on whether to form a union, U leaders challenged who could participate in the election.
MINNEAPOLIS—The University of Minnesota's largest freshman class since 1970 started moving in Monday, Aug. 28, and found they had the dorms entirely to themselves. With the 700-bed Pioneer Hall out of commission for a two-year, $105 million renovation, the university reserved its dorms for just freshmen. It has also temporarily converted hundreds of school-run apartment units into dorm-style housing.
ST. PAUL — A University of St. Thomas student who reported being sexually assaulted will not have to participate in a lawsuit her alleged attacker brought against the school. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Schultz ruled Monday, Aug. 21 that the woman's pretrial testimony would be of "minimal relevance" to the case, and it's not worth making her "relive what was obviously a very painful experience."
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota followed both federal law and its own policies while investigating and punishing several football players for an alleged sexual assault, an external review has found. In a report to a Board of Regents panel Wednesday, Aug. 16, lawyers with Dorsey & Whitney said U students accused of sexual assault are afforded extensive due process protections. However, they made several recommendations for revising protocols. Those recommendations included: