Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

UI deans call for changes to faculty sexual harassment policies

CHAMPAIGN — Deans at the University of Illinois are calling for more tools to deal with sexual misconduct allegations against faculty members.

Willard Airport launches campaign urging C-U to 'Fly Local'

SAVOY — American Airlines flights out of Willard are essentially at capacity, and bookings for its first direct service to Charlotte, N.C., in December are strong, says Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey.

Star students to mark Holonyak's legacy as 'national treasure' turns 90

URBANA — The latest in Nick Holonyak's lifetime of honors: a 90th birthday party featuring his star students celebrating his legacy.

Holonyak, the emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois known as the father of the LED, is turning 90 on Nov. 3.

UI law school dean: 'I'm deeply sorry'

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CHAMPAIGN — Challenged by a student leader, the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law apologized to law students Wednesday for the sexual-harassment case involving Professor Jay Kesan and its aftermath.

Law faculty call on UI to overhaul sexual-misconduct policies

CHAMPAIGN — Faculty and senior administrators at the University of Illinois College of Law — including Dean Vikram Amar — are calling on the university to overhaul its policies governing sexual-misconduct investigations, saying the sanctions against law Professor Jay Kesan did not go far enough.

UI adjusting sanctioned law professor's contact with students

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is making accommodations for students enrolled in two classes taught by a law professor who was recently sanctioned following a sexual-harassment investigation.

The college has created a second section of Jay Kesan's patent-law class, an elective course, that will be taught by Professor Paul Heald, officials said.

Church's baptismal font removed as precaution after Legionnaires' cases

CHAMPAIGN — A baptismal font being tested for the Legionella bacteria has been removed from a Champaign church at the suggestion of public health officials, and the church is safe to use, leaders say.

First Christian Church on Staley Road will hold its two services as usual this Sunday, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., said lead Pastor Danny Schaffner.

UI Student Bar Association calls on sanctioned professor to resign

CHAMPAIGN — A student group at the University of Illinois College of Law is demanding the resignation of Professor Jay Kesan, who was recently sanctioned following a sexual-harassment investigation.

Accusers: Sanctions against UI law professor fall short

CHAMPAIGN — When a tenured University of Illinois law professor made veiled references to sex during a professional lunch, former law student Prachi Mehta said she wasn't sure what to do other than change the subject.

She didn't report it, unsure it amounted to harassment and fearful of jeopardizing her law career.

UI '#MeToo' forum: Focus should be on systems that let misconduct continue

CHAMPAIGN — Universities can do more to combat sexual misconduct on campus — and not just through standard training programs or investigations, a panel of lawyers and academics said Wednesday at the University of Illinois College of Law.

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