Today in academia: UC Davis is paying for pepper spray bills, the latest undercover for-profit investigation, the Long Island cheating ring balloons, and the snack professor is forced to go to class even if snacks aren't present.
A few days later, UC Davis is dropping misdemeanor charges against pepper sprayed students. And, importantly, the university will also be paying for any medical expenses of the seated protesters who were the subject of the now infamous video of officer John Pike clinically pepper spraying them, CNN reports. Of the incident, one of the students remarked that being sprayed "felt like hot glass was entering my eyes." So now, it appears, the university is recognizing the severity of what everyone viewed on YouTube over the weekend: in the past few days the officers involved were put on leave, the chancellor has publicly apologized, and the president of the school has launched an independent inquiry. [CNN]
The Long Island SAT cheating scandal still ballooning. A cautionary tale is starting to look more like an epidemic. What appeared to begin with an arrest of an Emory college student who was charging thousands of dollars to take standardized tests for high school students has now widened. In today's paper, The New York Times ups the number of students in the ongoing investigation who face criminal charges is up to 20. The attorney for the college student, Sam Eshaghoff, who was arrested in September is arguing that he shouldn't face criminal charges and it should be left up to the schools and College Board to decide. But considering that the incident didn't appear isolated, it's unclear how that argument will go over. The Times also sheds light on how well Eshaghoff allegedly did on the tests: he was said to have been paid "up to $3,500 per test for scores ranking as high as the 97th percentile." [The New York Times]