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University of Phoenix Closing 115 Locations; School Denies In-State Tuition to Iraq Vet

Largest For-Profit, University Of Phoenix Slated to Shutdown 115 Locations. The for-profit college decided to close the locations after significant fourth quarter losses. The estimated 13,000 students who will be impacted, will have the option of transferring to online courses or moving their work to other sites. Currently, about 328,000 students attend University of Phoenix but as stock prices for the parent company, Apollo Inc., continue to fall, one can only hope the students are getting the education they pay for. [Huffington Post]

University Of North Carolina-Pembroke Denies In-State Tuition to Iraq Vet And Homeowner. Hayleigh Perez served 15 months in Iraq and owned a home in North Carolina since 2006 but was still classified as an out-of-state student by UNC-Pembroke. Perez, honorably discharged after having a baby, planned to use the G.I. Bill to attend the university. Ms. Perez was accepted but because she was considered an out-of-state student, she was asked to pay a tuition difference adding: $4,603.50. She has filed suit alongside the Student Veterans Advocacy Group in hopes of appealing the decision. The lawsuit will also allege a broad lack of services, facilities and resources for both student veterans and their dependents. [The Daily Tar Heel]

UMass Dartmouth Protest Zone Under Fire. Students are again taking issue with a 2005 policy created UMass Board of Trustees, which dictates where and when students can protest. Students say the policy is “far too restrictive”. For example, assemblies in the protest zone are banned after midnight until 6 a.m. and megaphones or other noise-making devices can only be used with permission from university administrators. Furthermore, if students wish to protest outside of the zone they must first get the “okay” from administrators. The University defended the policy as necessary to ensure demonstrations do not interrupt university functions or services. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a Philadelphia-based non-profit whose mission is to "defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities," gave UMass Dartmouth's speech policies a poor rating. FIRE, has overturned similar "free speech zone" policies in court and could possibly take up UMass case. [South Coast Today]

Note: This article has been modified to remove inaccurate information.

Aaron Brennan is a Communications Intern with Campus Progress

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