A federal judge ruled today that Northeastern students who filed a class-action suit over the way they had to start taking classes online due to Covid-19 have now made a good enough case to warrant further consideration in court. Read more.
Seems Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is renaming itself Fletcher, The Graduate School of Global Affairs at Tufts University, which means it will offer an MA in Global Affairs. People are not liking the rebranding.
The Tufts Daily reports the university today told students attending classes in person that they can only leave their dorms - or off-campus apartments - to "attend class, seek medical care, go to or from their jobs, pick up food, get a COVID-19 test or exercise outdoors." Read more.
BU Today reports the director of BU's Student Health Services sees "Covid fatigue" kicking in and people letting down their guard and getting infected outside the "BU bubble" - with a recent increase in positive test numbers due mainly to students living off campus in Boston. Read more.
The Crimson reports the presidents of the eight Ivy League schools have called off all winter sporting events due to escalating Covid-19 numbers, that the fall season will not be rescheduled for the spring and that spring events, if they happen at all, will not start until the end of February.
The MIT Tech reports campus health officials suspended in-person teaching for first-year MBA students at the Sloan School of Management Nov. 5 through Thanksgiving due to a rash of positive Covid-19 tests among them. Read more.
A federal judge today gave several Boston University students, all trying to lead a class action against BU over the way it moved classes online this spring due to Covid-19, two weeks to show that they personally were harmed by the change in class assignments or have their cases tossed for good. Read more.
BU Today reports 12 students were suspended for the rest of the fall semester and five were given lesser punishments because of their attendance at one of three parties that featured close-contact bare facedness as well as the more traditional "underage drinking, physical assault, and disturbing the peace." Read more.
Boston University's Covid-19 numbers have shown a slight rise in recent days, certainly nothing BC-ish or even comparable to the rate across Boston, but enough to get officials to remind students and employees to remain vigilant and practice steps to reduce their risks - like stop going to parties and gatherings. Read more.
The Daily Free Press reports Boston University put Phi Chi Theta, a "professional business and economics fraternity" on notice after the video was posted on Instagram. The fraternity in turn says it's put the members in the video - taken at an event sponsored by one of its alumni - on its own notice.
The Crimson reports the three freshmen were ordered to leave their on-campus dorms after hosting a gathering with three other people despite Harvard rules against such things in an age of pandemic. The move means they're still enrolled, but have to take all their classes remotely.
A federal judge ruled today that Northeastern University never specifically promised students they would be educated in person and so tossed most of a class-action suit against the school over tuition and fees for this past spring's semester. Read more.
The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a six-story apartment building between Lincoln and Cambridge streets aimed at people who don't mind sharing apartments - such as grad students and young professionals looking to save on rent. Read more.