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Past articles by Michael:

Student accused of cheating sues SU, claims he was denied fair hearing

The lawsuit claims that SU kept no record of the hearing used to determine the student’s guilt. → Read More

DPS finds no suspects in investigation into racist anti-Asian flyers

The flyers, which contained racist language targeting Chinese students, were found in Eggers Hall, Huntington Hall and the Hall of Languages on March 10. → Read More

SU survey finds widespread dissatisfaction with campus climate

The Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion engaged Damon Williams and the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation to implement a campus climate survey last fall. → Read More

SU places Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority on investigative status

The sorority must cease all activity while the university investigates the allegations. → Read More

County expected to open vaccine appointments for SU students on Thursday

Open appointments for students are expected to last through Tuesday, March 30. → Read More

Phi Alpha Delta, SU’s pre-law fraternity, placed on investigative status

Syracuse University placed its chapter of Phi Alpha Delta on investigative status for alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct. → Read More

In conduct proceedings, SU gets to make the rules — and change them at will

Unlike student conduct offices at public colleges, OSRR is not bound by due process — a standard set by the courts — and instead utilizes “fundamental fairness.\ → Read More

‘No rational basis’: Court annuls Alpha Chi Rho suspension

The university suspended the fraternity in November 2020 after it determined that members and guests shouted a racial slur at a Black woman. → Read More

Breaking down Syracuse University’s student conduct process

Since conduct procedures differ so much from the ones that play out in courtrooms, the process can often leave students and their families unsure of their rights and the basic functions of the system. → Read More

Breaking down the Board of Trustees diversity and inclusion recommendations

The committee initially planned to release its report in August but delayed its rollout until March because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Student suspended for delivering marijuana to quarantined friend sues SU

The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in the Onondaga County Supreme Court, claims that the university imposed disproportionate sanctions after it accused the student of distributing marijuana. → Read More

Loretta Lynch releases year-long DPS review

Lynch released the 97-page review Monday. It began last February amid intense scrutiny of how DPS interacted with protestors at Crouse-Hinds Hall. → Read More

Nearly 10,0000 social security numbers of SU students exposed in data breach

The university has sent letters to affected students, alerting them that it had investigated a September data security breach involving some of their personal information. → Read More

Syracuse University alumnus Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US president

Joe Biden ran for president three times, with his earliest attempt coming in 1988. Jan. 20, 2021 marked his official inauguration as the United States' 46th president. → Read More

Student sues SU after suspension for alleged sexual assault

The suit dates back to three sexual encounters in September 2019 that the student, identified in the lawsuit only as John Doe, said was consensual. → Read More

Passenger on Centro bus route to and from SU tests positive for COVID-19

Health department investigators are working to identify anyone the rider came in close contact with. → Read More

Videos show large gathering of SU students on campus, not social distancing

At least 100 students, some without masks, are seen on video gathering at the university’s Quad Wednesday night, not social distancing. → Read More

SU forms citizen board to review DPS complaints, freezes hiring of officers

A citizen board will review complaints made about SU’s public safety force. The university will also freeze the hiring of new officers. → Read More

SU to provide $4.9 million in emergency funds for coronavirus expenses

SU will disperse at least $4.9 million in emergency financial aid grants to students as part of a federal stimulus package. It is awaiting guidance about how to utilize other relief funding. → Read More

SUNY-ESF celebrates Earth Day 50th anniversary virtually

Earth Day will be recognized in the future as SUNY-ESF Day in Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse. → Read More