University of Kansas

Education
2:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

KU Gets $58 Million from Estate Of Al & Lila Self; Largest Private Gift Ever

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announcing the $58 million gift from the Self family estate during a news conference at the Adams Alumni.
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The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.

"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.

KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.

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Crime and Courts
12:49 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

KU Receives More Sexual Assault Reports From Students

The University of Kansas is receiving more sexual assault reports from students.

The recent reports include two accounts of stalking, seven of sexual harassment, one of sexual assault, one of date violence, one of domestic violence and seven so recent, the office had not yet categorized them. The reports began rolling in after a student who said she was raped in 2013 said her attacker received a lenient punishment.

The university has declined to comment on the case.

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Education
1:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

For Kansas Board Of Regents Institutions, General Education Is Key

Maria Blumhorst's English 101 course at Wichita State University.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Originally aired 9-12-14

Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will examine the results of general education assessments, which evaluate communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills of current and former students throughout its system. This is the first time that state-supported universities, community colleges and technical schools have been required to provide these numbers to the board. This data has the potential to affect new state funding for these institutions.

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Education
11:33 am
Wed September 10, 2014

KU Students Pressure School To Improve Sexual Assault Response

University of Kansas students are pressuring the school to improve its response to sexual assault reports.

More than 200 people attended a forum on the subject yesterday, hours after a student group called September Siblings posted a video telling people that the school is not safe.

The group's effort is in response to recent reports from a university student who said she was raped in 2013 and that her assailant was given a lenient punishment. University officials have declined to comment on the case, which Douglas County District Attorney Charles Bronson is reviewing.

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Community
11:31 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Survey: 10 Percent Of KU Students Have Been Sexually Harassed

A confidential University of Kansas survey shows that one in 10 students say they have been victims of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, but many never report it.

About 30 reported incidents over a two-year span involved men raping or sexually assaulting woman who were drunk, said Jane McQueeny, executive director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access. The university established the office, which investigates reported sexual assaults, about two-and-a-half years ago.

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Crime and Courts
11:17 am
Tue July 29, 2014

KU Under Federal Investigation Over Handling Of Sexual Assaults

The University of Kansas has been added to a list of colleges and universities under investigation for how they handled investigations into sexual assaults.

Seventy-one schools nation-wide, including Washburn University in Topeka, have been named by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights as part of a probe into sexual violence against women on campus.

University of Kansas officials have issued a statement saying the school does not tolerate sexual assault and will assist in the federal review.

Science
11:55 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Final Kansas Budget Could Delay Funding For KU's New Bioscience Research Facility

A tentative deal on a final Kansas budget does not include $2 million dollars to help fund a new bioscience research and development center at the University of Kansas.

Governor Sam Brownback has urged legislators to include funding for the proposed Kansas Institute of Translational Chemical Biology, but he didn’t include the proposal in his budget amendment.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gene Suellentrop of Wichita says budget negotiators felt the proposal needed further study.

Health
10:27 am
Tue April 15, 2014

KU Student Diagnosed with Tuberculosis

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Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.

KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.

Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.

Health officials say even those who become infected are highly unlikely to get sick from TB.

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Education
10:23 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas Senator Laura Kelly Says Subcommittee Targeting KU In Budget

Updated at 11:44 a.m CT:

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a budget bill that would restore some funding to state universities that was cut last year.

However, the bill caused some heated words about whether lawmakers are targeting the University of Kansas.

The bill eliminates $2 million dollars Governor Sam Brownback had proposed for a program to help commercialize KU research.

Only KU had a program proposal deleted from the governor's suggestions. Topeka Democrat Laura Kelly says the committee targeted KU.

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Entertainment
1:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

'Jayhawkers' Depicts Wilt Chamberlain's Lasting Effect On KU And Lawrence, KS

Top Photo: Current KU Forward Justin Wesley portrays Wilt Chamberlain in the independent film Jayhawkers. Bottom Photo: Legendery KU Center Wilt Chamberlain later went on to become the first NBA player to score 100 points in a game, setting a league record for the highest number of points scored in a single game, a record that still stands today.
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Jayhawkers, a new independent film, brings the legend of famed 7-foot 1 basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain back to life. The movie, co-written and directed by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Film Kevin Willmott, is centered on the three years Chamberlain spent in Lawrence and the permanent effect that period of time had on both the city and the game of basketball.

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