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Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But Five College Consortium officials are seeking permission to build a much larger facility in phases — possibly over decades — with the …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should use the bathroom facilities that correspond to their sex or gender identity, or utilize …

Expelled student sues Amherst College, faulting investigation into 2012 rape case

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A former Amherst College student expelled in 2013 after being found responsible for sexual assault is suing the college, arguing that a “deeply flawed” investigation failed to consider key evidence that proved his innocence. This is the second federal lawsuit against the college this year related to its sexual assault discipline …

Summary of disciplinary hearing changes at Amherst College 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

AMHERST — Below is a summary of changes made to the Amherst College disciplinary hearing process last spring for handling cases of rape and sexual assault. The changes were directed by college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin and approved by the College Council and the executive committee of the …

More concerns at Amherst College about sexual assaults 

Monday, November 12, 2012

AMHERST — A suicide note from a former Amherst College student who died in June is renewing questions about how college administrators have handled reported rapes and sexual assaults. Thomas “Trey” Malone took his life by jumping from …

Amherst College sexual assault counselor leaves

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

AMHERST — Amherst College’s sexual assault counselor has left the school in the wake of a pair of recent stories about sexual assault on campus, college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin confirmed on Wednesday. The circumstances surrounding the departure …

Amherst College rape account prompts pledge of reform

Thursday, October 18, 2012

AMHERST — A day after the student newspaper published a first-person account by a former student who said she was raped at Amherst College, President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin pledged to reform the way the college responds to cases …

Amherst College Professor Carleen Basler resigns amid plagiarism charges

Friday, September 28, 2012

AMHERST — An Amherst College professor resigned after admitting to plagiarism charges. Carleen Basler, an assistant professor of American studies and sociology, resigned Sept. 17 after a tenure review committee found instances of plagiarism in her published work. Basler could have appealed the committee’s findings, but chose to …