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Students die-in on Pentacrest, protesting the ‘perpetual state of stress’ caused by UI’s lax COVID rules

Around 50 people “died” on the Pentacrest on Thursday to protest the University of Iowa’s COVID-19 policies. The die-in protest was organized by Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS), the union that represents graduate student workers at the university. Protesters laid down on the Pentacrest’s sidewalk, as COGS members drew chalk outlines of their bodies. […]

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Board of Regents decides not to require COVID vaccinations for UI, ISU and UNI; Grinnell announces it will

Iowa’s three public universities will not require students or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Iowa Board of Regents President Michael Richards announced at the board’s meeting in Ames on Wednesday. “I’d like to make it clear that while we continue to strongly encourage members of our campus community to get vaccinated, the regents universities […]

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UI President Bruce Harreld says he’ll step down in May, Board of Regents will appoint interim president (updated)

Editor’s note: This story was updated with information from Board of Regents President Michael Richards’ statement, which was issued after the story was first published. Five months after announcing he was retiring as soon after the Board of Regents appointed his replacement, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said on Thursday his last day as […]

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Eliminating tenure, identifying Democrats, controlling spending: Republican lawmakers seek to change Iowa’s universities

An effort by Republicans in the state legislature to eliminate tenure at Iowa’s three public universities advanced this week, as the House Education Committee passed a bill to end tenure at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, and a Senate subcommittee approved the Senate version of that bill. […]

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Iowa Board of Regents receives almost meaningless penalty for violating the law in contract talks with UI grad student union

The Board of Regents acted in bad faith and broke the law during contract negotiations with the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) in 2016 and 2017, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled last week. As punishment for its dishonest and illegal behavior, the Board of Regents will be required to post public notices at the University of Iowa […]

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Tuition to increase at Iowa’s state universities

Students at Iowa’s three state universities will see tuition go up for the 2017-2018 academic year, with additional increases for students in higher-cost programs, like the University of Iowa’s engineering program, under a tuition proposal approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on Monday. The base tuition for resident undergraduates will increase by two percent. […]

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UI Graduate Student Senate joins Faculty Senate in ‘No Confidence’ vote

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“Graduate students are critical, evidence-driven, and adaptive, and as a result often entertain radical ideas.” So begins the meeting statement from last night’s UI Graduate Student Senate General Assembly meeting, in which the GSS joined University faculty and a large number of Iowa City residents in denouncing the appointment of J. Bruce Harreld as University […]

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