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Arbitrator sides with University of Akron in layoff of nearly 100 union faculty |

An arbitrator on Friday sided with the University of Akron administration in its decision to eliminate the positions of nearly 100 unionized faculty as part of the university’s cost-saving measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ruling by arbitrator Jack Buettner came Friday afternoon, and stated that UA was within its rights to lay off the faculty under the “force majeure” clause in its contract with the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Read the Arbitration Decision and Award.

Xavier: Gender and Diversity Studies (GDST) department enlivened by new faculty

The Xavier Newswire |

  • Dr. ShaDawn Battle is teaching First-year Seminar State-Sanctioned Violence in the U.S., and Gender and Diversity Studies and Social Justice.
  • Dr. Kayla Renée Wheeler is teaching First-year Seminar: Race in the Digital Age and GDST 210: Introduction to African American Studies. 
  • Dr. Mich Nyawalo is teaching First Year Seminar: Infectious Diseases and the Culture Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality and GDST 310: Theoretical Perspectives.

UC: COVID-19 update: recorded cases rise to 147

The News Record – UC |

The university reported another 39 positive cases of COVID-19 within the campus community, bringing the total number of cases since campus reopened to 147, according to UC’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Positive cases include 143 students, 3 university employees and 1 visitor. 

Miami University students to return to in-person classes, president says

Cincinnati Enquirer |

University President Gregory P. Crawford announced the decision Wednesday morning in a letter to students, staff, faculty and the Oxford community, saying that the university will continue its novel coronavirus-prevention methods, including mask-wearing, limiting student gatherings to 10 people and maintaining social distancing.

“Today we write to let you know that we are moving forward with our plan to resume in-person hybrid classes on our campuses beginning Sept. 21,” Crawford’s letter states. The phased-in residence hall move-in will start Sept. 15.

After nearly 500 positive cases, Miami U. will require all students to be tested for COVID-19


The university said it has now seen more than 500 cases of COVID-19 and is requiring a daily symptom assessment for all students, faculty and staff. Citing an abundance of caution, the Butler County Health District previously ordered all student-athletes who returned to campus to quarantine for 14 days after 27 positive COVID-19 tests were reported on various teams Monday.

School officials traced many of those positive cases to an off-campus social gathering in early August.

27 Miami University Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19


A release says the university learned 27 athletes from various teams tested positive for COVID-19. Many, but not all, attended an off-campus gathering over a week ago.

All Miami University student athletes who have returned to campus are quarantined. The Butler County General Health District says any coaches and staff who were in contact with them are also quarantined.

University of Dayton switches to remote learning for first week of class


According to WHIO, UD has increased to a “level 3” regarding coronavirus conditions on campus.

“Based upon testing and contact tracing that has been conducted over the past three days, we are moving all undergraduate courses to remote, online learning for the first week of Fall Term,” President Eric F. Spina wrote in an online message to students.

‘Dear Miami University’ highlights discrimination, hate on campus


Miami University students are speaking out in a series of anonymous posts through a new Instagram page about racism and harassment on campus.

Click on the “Dear Miami University” Instagram page and you’ll see nearly 200 posts about discrimination on campus. Students and even alumni write about being called racial slurs, sexually harassed and even being singled out in the classroom for the way they talk.

Ohio colleges, K-12 schools could receive $300 million total in additional federal money to deal with costs of reopening |

Ohio higher education institutions could receive $200 million in additional federal CARES Act money allocated by the state, with another $100 million going to K-12 institutions. If approved by the state’s controlling board, the new funds would go to costs associated with reopening in the fall and educating during the coronavirus pandemic. That could mean improving infrastructure and developing programs for remote learning or funding staff, testing or personal protective equipment.

DeWine noted that the $100 million figure for K-12 schools particularly will likely just be the start of additional funding.