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In hopes to maintain ‘sense of normalcy’ after Irma, USF System doesn’t extend Fall semester

The Office of Academic Affairs announced today that it will not extend the Fall 2017 academic calendar. “Given what students, faculty and staff have experienced across the state of Florida and the southeastern United States,” the statement said. “We will encourage all instructors to remain sensitive to the physical and emotional trauma that has impacted and […]

Arsenault ‘shocked and disturbed’ by Genshaft’s handling of regional chancellor departure

By Timothy Fanning When Raymond Arsenault arrived in 1980, most of the tiny school that townspeople called “USF Bayboro” sat on 11 acres jutting out into Bayboro Harbor. The financial endowment was small, the mission unclear, the future uncertain. Over the years, however, as Arsenault became a prominent Southern historian and author, his little school […]

Gone, erased and no more; Wisniewska cut from website

The university wasted no time this week in erasing search results on its website for the former regional chancellor. In a written statement, Jessica Blais, USF St. Petersburg’s communication director, confirmed the deletion earlier this week, but did not say whether the order was given by USF system President Judy Genshaft. “As part of our […]

Genshaft touts campus hurricane preparedness; doesn’t mention Wisniewska

In a video statement Tuesday, USF System President Judy Genshaft addressed the university’s preparedness for Hurricane Irma.   She praised faculty, staff and students who went to great lengths before, during and after the storm to ensure the safety and welfare of all those who sheltered on campus. There was no mention of former regional […]

Wisniewska forced out over handling of Irma evacuations

By Timothy Fanning and Nancy McCann Sophia Wisniewska, who was abruptly ousted as regional chancellor, was pushed out for her handling of the evacuation of the university in the days before Hurricane Irma. In a three-page draft letter from Judy Genshaft, the USF system president expressed her “profound disappointment” with Wisniewska’s “lack of leadership in […]

Dismayed and confused; forum brings no answers to Regional Chancellor sacking

By Timothy Fanning, Dinorah Prevost and Nancy McCann Editor’s note: Shortly after this story was published, the real reason for Wisniewska’s ousting emerged. You can find that story here. The new leader of the university assured students Monday that things will proceed smoothly in the months ahead, while professors and students expressed shock, dismay and […]

University: Lawsuit in sexual assault, expulsion case is “meritless”

By Timothy Fanning In March, the university says, a former leader of Student Government acknowledged that he had non-consensual sexual intercourse with a female student last year in his dormitory room. But when Samuel Goetz appeared at a student conduct board hearing two months later, he denied it. Reminded that he was contradicting his earlier […]

Campus rape policies get hard look by DeVos, says improvements needed

By Timothy Fanning Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signaled that she would reconsider the Obama-era guidelines that increased protections for victims of sexual violence on college campuses. Critics of the guidelines say they go too far, creating a bias against students accused of assault. Under fire is the Obama administration standard of evidence, where […]

University librarian accused of child porn possession has resigned

By Timothy Fanning James Anthony Schnur, a longtime librarian and historian at the university who was arrested on child pornography charges last spring, has resigned. Court records indicate he was released from jail May 25 on a much-reduced $150,000 bond. The defense motioned to reduce the bond, arguing that Schnur had no prior record and posed […]

Total eclipse of the heart, university falls in love

From The Tavern to outside Harbor Hall, students, faculty and staff craned their necks toward the sky on the first day of class. Check out our photo gallery, and some of the highlights of the eclipse. By Timothy Fanning If you missed the eclipse today on campus, don’t worry, you only have to wait six […]