IU Spirit Award Honors Innovative Dual Students for the First Time

Dusseldorf, Germany – The IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) has awarded its first IU Spirit Award, recognizing students on dual study programs who demonstrate innovation and commitment through their projects, theses, and initiatives. The award, presented for the first time in 2024, honors projects that excel in innovative strength, practical implementation, and the application of current research findings. Over 40 entries from 13 different degree programs were submitted for the IU Spirit Award this year. The winner of the jury prize is Jonathan Siepmann, a dual student from Dusseldorf studying Mechanical Engineering. Siepmann … Read more

LSU Settles Lawsuit Over Mishandling of Sexual Misconduct Reports, Pays $1.9 Million to Former Students

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – LSU has reached a settlement agreement to pay $1.9 million in a lawsuit involving 10 former students. The lawsuit accused university officials of violating the students’ civil rights by failing to adequately investigate and address reports of rape, partner violence, and sexual harassment on campus. The settlement, obtained through a public-records request, was signed by LSU President William Tate on March 27. The lawsuit, filed in 2021, came in the wake of numerous former students speaking out about their experiences of sexual assault at LSU. Two plaintiffs in the case alleged … Read more

Backlash Grows Over Florida Law Excluding Chinese Grad Students from Universities

Gainesville, Florida – A law in Florida is facing criticism from professors, students, and advocates who believe it may exclude Chinese graduate students from the state’s universities. State Bill 846, which came into effect last July, prohibits the hiring of graduate students from “countries of concern,” including China, the largest source of international students in the state. The law has sparked protests as universities issue offer letters in the spring. Critics argue that the measure poses a threat to academic freedom, scientific advancements, and the state’s education system. They claim it is discriminatory and will … Read more

Montreal Parents File $1.5M Lawsuit After Teacher Allegedly Sells Students’ Artwork Online

Montreal, Canada – A group of parents from Westwood Junior High School in Saint-Lazare, Quebec, have filed a lawsuit against an art teacher and the Lester B. Pearson School Board for alleged copyright infringement. The lawsuit comes after students discovered their classroom artwork being sold on the teacher’s personal website. The parents are seeking $1.575 million in damages and punitive damages, with each plaintiff asking for $155,000. The incident has had a significant impact on the students involved, with one parent stating that her daughter no longer wants to pursue a career in art because … Read more