Christopher Aadland


Sports equity discussions reach Board of Regents Legislators, emergency planners seek oil plan

As the University of Minnesota continues to grapple with gender equity concerns in athletic departments across multiple campuses, the Board of Regents waded into the conversation at its meeting last week. Regents received updates on the schoolâÄôs Title IX compliance procedures and the progress of federal and internal investigations into alleged gender inequity in its sports programs. Board members took no action, and the University wonâÄôt move forward until the U.S. Department of EducationâÄôs Office for Civil Rights completes a review of the athletic departments.

Consent policy postponed following debate

University of Minnesota administrators agreed to delay updating the institutionâÄôs sexual consent policy just days before they expected to implement it, after regents requested additional time to discuss the change at a meeting last Wednesday. About a week before the University was poised to approve the new standards âÄî which would require all parties engaged in a sexual act to give affirmative consent beforehand âÄî University President Eric Kaler granted requests to postpone enactment of the revised policy after regents said they wanted more clarity on the changeâÄôs legal implications.

Superblock tops health expansion

Despite the projected future space needs of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Academic Health Center, school administrators are moving forward with plans to update the Superblock, the campus housing complex comprised of four residence halls. While modernizing outdated health facilities will need to be addressed in the future, University administrators say the school is better off expanding the dorms âÄî even though medical school leaders say that area would serve as prime real estate for future medical buildings and would assist in AHCâÄôs expansion.

After criticism, new U regents up engagement

As the University of Minnesota raises tuition after a failed bid to freeze costs while simultaneously trying to cut down on unnecessary spending, some state legislators are calling for the Board of Regents to be more critical of the administration’s priorities.

Regents push back new consent policy

University of Minnesota leaders are asking for more discussions before implementing the proposed revamp of the school’s sexual consent policy. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler agreed to postpone enactment of the revised policy — which would require all parties engaged in a sexual act to give consent beforehand and also changes language about relationship violence and sexual assault —  after the Board of Regents requested more time to talk about the proposed changes at Wednesday’s meeting.

Faculty, departments worried about admin cuts

As the University of Minnesota’s plan to cut $90 million in administrative costs enters its third year, some are worried the cuts will begin to impact faculty members in departments and colleges.

Talks show divide on tuition plan

Tuition for nonresident undergraduates at the University of Minnesota will increase next fall, seven years after the University of Minnesota slashed prices for those students.  

Regents finalize tuition hikes

Tuition will increase between 1.5 and 7 percent for students at the University of Minnesota next fall after the Board of Regents approved President Eric Kaler’s budget Wednesday. Under the budget, out-of-state undergraduates will experience the steepest jump, at 7 percent, while resident undergraduates will see an increase of 1.5 percent. Resident graduate and professional students will be asked to pay between 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent more. With increases in fees and room and board, resident undergraduates will pay $420 more per year.

Leg. auditor: U reports lacking

The Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s second look at the University of Minnesota’s psychiatric drug trials found flaws with how researchers report adverse medical events.