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  • MLK commemoration events schedule announced

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jolette Law, the coach of the women's basketball team at the University of Illinois, will discuss "Students and Community Engagement: Fulfilling Dr. King's Vision" in a keynote speech Jan. 22 at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.

  • Tuskegee Airmen, former New Orleans mayor to take part in MLK events

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Members of the World War II fighter pilots who became known as The Tuskegee Airmen, and Marc Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans, are scheduled to be on the University of Illinois campus this month to take part in this year's commemoration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 13-26.

  • U.S. immigration policy is the subject of university public forum

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Why is the issue of immigration so contentious in a nation of immigrants? Why do Americans welcome immigrants but also consider them a threat? As Congress considers changes to immigration, what are the policies that make sense?

  • Krannert Art Museum to open faculty exhibition Jan. 26; launch noontime lectures Jan. 30

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The diverse talents of faculty artists at the University of Illinois will be showcased in the annual School of Art and Design Faculty Art Exhibition Jan. 26 through Feb. 24 at the Krannert Art Museum.

  • Feedback wanted on redesign of Illinois home page

    By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor 217-244-1072; slforres@illinois.edu

  • Events to commemorate MLK, Emancipation Proclamation

    Several upcoming programs and events commemorate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • On the Job: Bill Cearlock

    Bill Cearlock is assistant manager forthe Illini Union guest rooms.

  • Quality of Illinois dance program growing by leaps and bounds

    Quality of Illinois dance program growing by leaps and bounds

  • Prison growth in America and link to education to be topic of conference

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The dramatic growth of the prison population in the United States and its connection with education will be the subject of a three-day interdisciplinary conference this week at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Campus ahead of energy-consumption goal

    This year the UI continues this exceed its goal of energy-consumption savings, according to Terry Ruprecht, director of energy conservation.

  • Senators debate disclosure policy at Dec. 8 meeting

    Senators debate disclosure policy at Dec. 8 meeting By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor 217-244-1072; slforres@illinois.edu A proposed amendment allowing university officials to publicize the outcomes of student disciplinary hearings evoked much debate at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate. Nicholas Burbules, chair of the conference on conduct governance, presented a proposal to amend Rule 62 of the Campus Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students that said that the "name, code violations and sanction of a student found in violation" of the Code "may be released to the public." Recent amendments to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act granted universities permission to disclose the final results of disciplinary proceedings involving students who are alleged perpetrators of violent crimes or non-forcible sex offenses if university officials determine that a student's criminal offense also violated university policies. The amendment was crafted by a task force of campus faculty members, students and administrators, which included associate dean of students William Riley. Burbules said they believed that disclosure was a matter of public safety and that it protected the university from potential liability if a previous offender were to re-offend. Moreover, the task force believed that the student disciplinary process might be the only recourse available to victims who decline to pursue prosecution. However, Burbules said that the disciplinary process is not a default mechanism and that often cases subject to criminal proceedings are also heard by student discipline. Several senators stringently objected to the proposal, including Linda Biehl, professor of law, who said the wording was vague and left disclosure open to subjective judgment. Other senators expressed concern that the policy violated due process, that it would stigmatize students and that it established the university as a proxy for law enforcement and the justice system in criminal matters where the university has no jurisdiction. Burbules said that current university statutes cite the criminal offenses named in FERPA as being violations of university policy, and that jurisdiction was not at issue. The amendment only granted university officials the option of publicizing the results of disciplinary proceedings. CCG member Mark Roszkowski, professor of business administration, spoke against the amendment at the meeting and in a memorandum to Chancellor Nancy Cantor that was distributed to the Senate. Roszkowski challenged the task force's rationale that disclosure was a matter of public safety and said he failed to see how disclosure would afford any protection to other students. In addition, Roszkowski said that reporting a violator's name under Section 951 of FERPA would tie the offender's name to the federal criminal code, thereby criminalizing the disciplinary proceedings. Disclosure would be viewed by the violator and the public as a punitive sanction and would violate the rights of criminal defendants. Roszkowski also expressed concern that publicizing students' names and alleged offenses would undermine the educational value of the disciplinary process by encouraging students to deny wrongdoing in an attempt to circumvent the disciplinary process and public scrutiny. "I think the proponents of this proposal seriously underestimate the criminal character of this sanction," Roszkowski said. "This proposal is a bad idea. It's bad for victims. It's bad for the accused. It's bad for the disciplinary system because it destroys the integrity of the system." Cantor volunteered to meet with CCG to address the concerns raised by senators before rendering a decision on the amendment. In other business:

  • Assaults decline, robberies increase in U. of I. reporting district

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Aggravated assaults and batteries and criminal sexual assaults decreased while robberies and other sex offenses increased slightly in the University of Illinois reporting district during the Sept. 1, 2003 - Dec. 31, 2003, reporting period, according to statistics released this week by the University of Illinois Division of Public Safety.

  • UI joins University Affiliates program of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has joined the University Affiliates program instituted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The program involves 40 U.S. academic institutions whose purpose is to help support and develop the academys research, particularly through its new Visiting Scholars Center.

  • Fewer crimes against people reported during fall '99 semester

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although fewer crimes against people occurred on the University of Illinois campus during the fall 1999 semester, police officials still are concerned about the numbers of aggravated assaults and batteries and robberies that put students in harm's way.

  • 2005 was warm, dry year

    2005 was warm, dry year

  • On the Job: Joe Barron

    Joe Barron has been manager of the research farms for animal sciences since 1990.

  • Trustees review proposed revisions to campus Master Plan

    Trustees review proposed revisions to campus Master Plan By Sabryna Cornish, UIC News Bureau

  • Town Hall meetings held to discuss budget concerns

  • Scholars to meet at Illinois to discuss criminal trafficking and slavery

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scholars from throughout the United States will assemble at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Feb. 23-25 to address this year's Joint Area Centers Symposium on "Criminal Trafficking and Slavery: The Dark Side of Regional and Global Migration."

  • Scholars to discuss 'Russia After Yeltsin' in symposium March 4

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scholars and other experts on Russia will meet at the University of Illinois next month to do some collective prognosticating on what results of that nation's March 26 presidential elections may hold in store for the Russian people and the world.

  • Robberies, aggravated assaults declined significantly last semester on campus

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The incidence of robberies and aggravated assaults and batteries declined significantly during the period Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2001, in the University of Illinois district, according to the latest crime statistics released by the UI police department.

  • Proposed changes to Social Security to be topic of free, public forum at Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Changes to Social Security being proposed by President Bush will be the topic of a forum on Feb. 23 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, featuring a former Clinton administration economist, along with Illinois professors of finance, law and history.

  • Toy collection (2006)

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  • Herman releases five-year Strategic Plan for Urbana campus

    Establish the UI as the premier public university recognized for comprehensive excellence.

  • Senate resolution encourages trustees to retire Chief

    The recently announced resignations of UI President James J. Stukel and Urbana Chancellor Nancy Cantor prompted several resolutions that were passed by the Urbana-Champaign Senate at its Feb. 16 meeting.

  • New source of horror at the Insect Fear Festival: female entomologists

    Champaign campus. The evening will begin with activities for children, including face painting, the Beckman Institute's Bugscope, and an insect petting zoo. Opening remarks will begin at 7 p.m., followed by two family-friendly animated shorts from the (2006-08) Disney Kids TV series "Growing Up Creepie," which follows the adventures of a human girl who was raised by insects.

  • Campus, cities prepare for 'Unofficial' event

    University officials and police are working with Champaign Police and Champaign officials to keep a lid on this year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day event.

  • New I space exhibitions feature sculpture, drawings and installation work

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sculpture, drawings and installation work will be on view in two new exhibitions March 4 through April 2 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Landscapes take center stage in two new exhibitions at I space

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Landscapes - with a twist - are the focus of two new, but very different, exhibitions on view March 5 through 27 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Former UI president to speak at May 13 commencement

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Stanley O. Ikenberry, the 14th president of the University of Illinois, will be the featured speaker at Commencement ceremonies May 13 at the Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., Champaign. He will speak at both the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies.

  • Symposium to focus on helping disabled enter work force

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Disability benefits disbursed by the Social Security Administration add up to $100 billion per year, according to Tanya Gallagher, the dean of the College of Applied Life Studies and director of the Disability Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Global Campus Task Force offers recommendations, cites concerns

    Global Campus Task Force offers recommendations, cites concerns

  • Vivaldi Project

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  • Issues affecting immigrants in Midwest to be topic of symposium

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Academics, activists and state officials will meet to consider issues affecting immigrants in the Midwest on March 17-18 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Public hearing on future of Aviation Institute is March 8

    Those wishing to comment on the proposed closing of the UI Institute of Aviation have until next week to make their voices heard.

  • Campus readies for accreditation process

    In preparation for a visit this fall from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the Urbana campus is preparing a draft of its self-study report. The report, "Access and Excellence," uses the five goals of Chancellor Richard Herman's Strategic Plan for the Urbana campus as the framework for a comprehensive self-analysis of how the campus met or exceeded the HLC/NCA's criteria for accreditation.

  • USC wants faculty involved in Global Campus startup

  • Institute launches inaugural projects

    Three diverse efforts will be the inaugural projects of the new Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies at the UI. The institute transfers advances from the computer science and engineering research at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to the larger scientific, engineering, and arts, humanities and social science communities in order to speed progress across all of these frontiers.

  • UI submits bids for three high school championships

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois will be submitting a bid to the Illinois High School Association in an effort to bring championship games in three sports to campus. The bid seeks a five-year commitment from the IHSA for the events to be held at the UI.

  • Trustees approve CAS appointments and renovation projects

    The UI Board of Trustees met at the Chicago campus on March 9 with half the members attending by conference call from the Urbana campus. The special meeting was convened because there were too many items that needed timely attention prior to the next regular meeting on April 11.

  • Library seeks a little help from its Friends

    The University Library is reaching out to faculty members during April as part of its capital campaign, a campus wide initiative through which the library hopes to raise $30 million for acquisition and preservation, facilities construction and renovation, and the creation of endowed faculty positions. Thus far, more than $18.9 million has been raised through the campaign.

  • Increased efforts by campus police to curb crime paying off

    Campus police say redoubled efforts aimed at stemming last year’s uptick in the number of reported crimes are paying off.

  • Five more review teams announced

    Five more review teams are examining another set of campus programs to determine possible cost savings or revenue generation as part of the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois initiative.

  • Top Latin American films to be showcased during April festival

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some of the best new films from Latin America will be screened locally during the second annual Latin American Film Festival April 4-10.

  • NAACP chairman Julian Bond to give lecture March 28

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Julian Bond, the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will present the 10th Annual Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Lecture on March 28 at the University of Illinois.

  • Committee to streamline administrative operations

    In anticipation of potential multimillion-dollar reductions in state appropriations during the current and coming fiscal years, Chancellor Nancy Cantor has appointed an advisory committee that will recommend strategies for reducing administrative expenses by streamlining operations and pooling resources.

  • U-C Senate passes two resolutions to enhance employee benefits

    Two resolutions passed by the Urbana-Champaign Senate March 17 aim to enhance benefits for university employees.

  • Potential FY 03 Budget Cuts

    If the University of Illinois has to cut 4.25 percent from its FY 03 operating budget, it will mean a $6.8 million cut for Urbana, a $6.4 million cut for Chicago, and a $482,000 cut for Springfield. These reductions are on top of $13.7 million in deferred maintenance money held in University Administration and $4 million cut from UA spending.

  • Stukel testimony: Budget cuts put UI 'on the brink'

    The UI, facing a $130 million state budget cut over two years, is "on the brink" and has exhausted all its fiscal flexibility, says UI President James J. Stukel.

  • Sequestration puts pressure on U. of I. budget

    Pressures on the university's budget will only increase in the coming year, Walter Knorr, the U. of I. vice president and chief financial officer, said at the March 7 U. of I. Board of Trustees meeting in Urbana.