Members of the University of Connecticut women’s rowing team allege that UConn’s June 2020 deficit-driven decision to terminate rowing from its varsity roster violates Title IX, and some of the athletes have retained legal counsel to gear up for a potential class-action lawsuit if the parties do not come to a resolution.

UConn denied these claims and said that they remained in compliance with Title IX when they announced last summer that the women’s rowing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s cross country and men’s tennis teams would play their final season in 2020-2021 to meet mandated budget cuts. UConn does not have a men’s rowing team.

The women’s rowing team took to the streets of Storrs in protest Monday afternoon to demand that UConn reinstate the team.

On Friday, UConn agreed to meet with lawyers representing students on the rowing team to provide information and discuss if the parties can reach an agreement without litigation.

Rowing team lawyers, Felice Duffy, James Larew and Claire Diallo, requested the meeting in an April 12 letter addressed to UConn President Thomas Katsouleas, Director of Athletics David Benedict and the board of trustees. The letter demanded that UConn share Title IX compliance data and cautioned that, “Unless UConn agrees to reinstate the women’s rowing team immediately, [the lawyers] will file a class action lawsuit and seek a preliminary injunction immediately to preserve the status of the rowing team...” READ MORE

Members and allies of the Jewish community rallied on the Student Union Lawn Monday afternoon to condemn the recent bias incidents targeting Jewish students — and to call on the University of Connecticut to take concrete action against antisemitism.

“A Solidarity Gathering to Fight Antisemitism,” organized by UConn Hillel, lasted from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and included speeches from student activists, leaders from the Connecticut Jewish community, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) representatives and UConn President Thomas Katsouleas.

Students urged the university to design a one-credit course to educate students on antisemitism and to present a plan to USG by April 9 to address campus antisemitism.

“A lot of students on campus are disappointed by the university’s approach of making statements and not making any concrete actions,” said Dori Jacobs, a sixth-semester psychology and applied mathematics major and Hillel student board president. “It was great to see Jews and non-Jews coming together to say that antisemitism isn’t acceptable on our campus...” READ MORE

The University of Connecticut Police Department, Residential Life and Undergraduate Student Government are discussing modifications to the university’s cannabis-enforcement policy, according to USG and UCPD representatives.

The new proposal would limit UCPD’s interaction with students suspected of possessing cannabis in residence halls, USG legislators say.

In a 16-3-2 vote last week, the USG Senate passed new legislation titled “Cannabis Enforcement by Residential Life and the UConn Police Department,” which opposed the current policy that requires Resident Assistants to call the police when they suspect cannabis use. The new legislation instead favors a reduced police presence similar to how residential life handles alcohol violations.

“UCPD should not be called to or enter student residences where the danger of imminent harm is not present,” the legislation reads. “USG calls on the UConn Police Department and the Department of Residential Life to work in collaboration with students to design a cannabis enforcement policy that minimizes the involvement of UCPD in areas under the jurisdiction of Residential Life...” READ MORE

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As authorities continue their investigation of last week’s suspicious fires on campus, the Busby hall director announced on Tuesday an additional fire occurred earlier this month outside the residence hall and emergency equipment was vandalized, leaving Busby residents expressing concern over the delayed communication of community safety threats.

In an email sent to Busby residents on Feb. 23, hall director Karen Lohr revealed a recycling dumpster was set on fire on Feb. 5, nearly two weeks before the garbage can fire outside the Busby bus stop was reported in the campus-wide crime alert along with two separate fires on Feb. 17. Lohr also said the following day, Busby staff found exit signs missing and an emergency light damaged. The Feb. 18 vandalism incident was never reported to the University of Connecticut Police Department, according to UCPD Deputy Chief Andrew Fournier... READ MORE

This week marks the first anniversary of UConn Health’s fight against COVID-19. After a year of fear and fortitude, isolation and strength, tragedy and triumph, the doctors, nurses and essential workers of UConn Health remain vigilant in their battle against this deadly virus.

On March 14, 2020, UConn Health began caring for its first coronavirus patient. Over the course of the year, UConn Health has treated more than 800 COVID-19 patients, documented more than 400 employee infections and distributed more than 26,000 shots... READ MORE

With a 25-3 vote in a special election Wednesday night, the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Student Government Senate elected Michael Christy as the new USG Chief Diversity Officer following former CDO-elect B Diaz’s resignation March 10.

Christy, a fourth-semester political science major and a USG associate justice, said he is ready to foster an inclusive community in USG.

“We cannot hear, learn and accept one another if we do not build a community that allows us to be vulnerable with each other about our experiences,” Christy said. “Each of us deserves an equal and just chance in achieving anything we set our minds to, today we look forward to a brighter future...” READ MORE

Deficit increases from $28 to $49 million if university closes before Nov. 1

The Fiscal New Year began with financial uncertainty for the University of Connecticut as Chief Financial Officers from UConn and UConn Health shared plans to request $104.9 million in state funds to cover looming budget deficits.

At the board of trustees meeting Wednesday, UConn Chief Financial Officer Scott Jordan said the university will ask the state for $28 million to cover COVID-19 losses and expenditures... READ MORE

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University of Connecticut students expecting to move into newly remodeled apartments found unlivable units, some lacking walls, floors and toilets. Willington Oaks management said that renters must wait another month to move in.

“I feel like we were totally deceived into thinking we would have a place to live in by the time school starts..." READ MORE

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