UF fired 13 full-time diversity, equity and inclusion positions and ended 15 administrative appointments for faculty Friday. It also eliminated the office of the Chief Diversity Officer and ended DEI contracts with outside vendors, according to a Friday memo.
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Hundreds of UF students and community members gathered in Turlington Plaza for a candlelight vigil to support Israel after Palestinian militant groups led by Hamas launched a large-scale invasion, but the vigil ended in chaos, confusion and five people injured after a commotion turned into a stampede.
Just a day before UF Student Government elections, both major parties — Change Party and Vision Party — are alleging the other broke state or federal laws after Change alleges one of its former affiliates, who defected to Vision, recorded and leaked Change’s files.
UF fell from No. 5 to No. 6 among national public universities, according to U.S News & World Report Best College rankings released Sept. 17. The drop follows U.S. News’ sweeping changes to its ranking criteria, which it described in a press release as the “most significant methodological change in the rankings’ history.”
UF stands on top among public universities in the United States, according to a ranking released by The Wall Street Journal Sept 6.
UPDATE: Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall in Florida Wednesday morning, spared much of Gainesville and Alachua County. With the departure of the hurricane, a gradual return to normalcy is underway. Many institutions, including UF and local schools, have reopened their doors after temporary closures due to the storm's threat.
UF announced its campus will be closed at noon Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday due to potential Hurricane Idalia in a UF alert. SFC canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. Monday.
UF President Ben Sasse described an early framework of UF’s new strategic plan in faculty-only presentations across UF’s colleges last week. Sasse discussed adjusting student tuition costs, reducing the total number of academic departments, eliminating "quiet-retired" faculty and restructuring the delivery of education, a professor said.
UF student Gabriel Chase was sentenced to a 3-year probation July 5 for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the United States Capitol.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against affirmative action at colleges in a landmark case Thursday.
UF Transportation and Parking Services will begin to issue citations on university- and department-owned vehicles that don't follow safety regulations starting July 31.