Does ASU's New Student-Faculty Relationship Policy Go Far Enough?

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Evie Carpenter
Jasmine Lester, an ASU alum and founder of Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, says the new policy is a cop-out.
On Monday afternoon, Arizona State University approved a new student-faculty "amorous relationship policy." Faculty members applauded when the vote was tallied, and Faculty Senate President Helen Ossipov told New Times she was "very glad this passed." The university called it "an important step" toward "[ensuring] that faculty members and lecturers maintain only professional relationships with students."

But while members of the administration are patting themselves on the back, at least one student leader is unimpressed.

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ASU Bans Student-Faculty "Amorous Relationships"

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In a final vote Monday afternoon, the ASU Faculty Senate passed a new student-faculty "amorous relationship" policy.

The vote was 76 to 11, with four abstentions, and came after months of vigorous and contentious debate.

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ASU Officer Stewart Ferrin Not Fired as Expected, Has Leave Extended, Says Lawyer

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Ray Stern
ASU Police Officer Stewart Ferrin, seen here speaking at Saturday's pro-police rally in Scottsdale.
Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin wasn't fired as expected today, and it sounds like it's possible he may get a reprieve.

Ferrin whose high-profile, video-recorded arrest of ASU professor Ersula Ore caused a public-relations nightmare for the university, will be employed for at least a little while longer, his lawyer, former Arizona U.S. Attorney Mel McDonald, tells us tonight.

"He's had his leave extended," McDonald says.

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Ersula Ore Sues ASU for $2 Million, But ASU Supports Her With Move to Fire Cop

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Ersula Ore plans to sue ASU for $2 million over her violent May 20 arrest by Officer Stewart Ferrin, who is apparently being fired.
Arizona State University nearly begged Professor Ersula Ore to sue over her high-profile May 20 jaywalking arrest, and now she's gratifying the university with a $2 million lawsuit.

Last week, ASU responded -- albeit indirectly -- to her November 12 notice of claim by notifying the arresting officer, Stewart Ferrin, that he was going to be fired.

And this all comes after Provost Rob Page's July memo to ASU faculty that the university supported Ore, who was later convicted of resisting arrest.

How come ASU hasn't yet cut Ore a settlement check?



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ASU Disses USA Place in Statement, Will Seek New Developer for High-Profile Tempe Corner

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Arizona State University released a harsh statement on Friday night about the end of negotiations with USA Place, essentially accusing developers of lying.

As we reported on Thursday, plans collapsed for the $350-million-plus downtown project that would have brought a hotel, conference center and the Colorado-based USA Basketball organization to Tempe. The project was announced to great fanfare in July of 2013, promoted by sports mogul Jerry Colangelo, chair of USA Basketball.

Tonight, ASU confirmed the split in a lengthy, interesting statement that reveals the frustration felt by university officials about alleged broken promises.

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USA Basketball Move to Arizona in Doubt After Collapse of "USA Place" Deal With ASU

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USA Basketball, the governing body for basketball in the United States, may not be moving to Tempe after all following the collapse of the USA Place redevelopment project.

As we reported earlier this afternoon, Arizona State University announced today that the USA Place project was dead but that it was committed to putting a hotel and conference at the site.

The university said nothing about being committed to bringing Colorado Springs-based USA Basketball to Arizona. News reports from 2013 suggested the move -- slated for 2016 -- was dependent on USA Place getting built.

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Plans for "USA Place" Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe Fall Apart; ASU Seeks Other Options

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After missing a December 31 deadline to obtain financing, the effort to make USA Place happen in Tempe has gone into overtime.
Efforts to put together a financing deal for the basketball-themed "USA Place" development on Arizona State University land in Tempe have gone into overtime.

The $350-450 million hotel-and-conference-center project was announced to the public in July 2013, with an expected groundbreaking that year. But it's so far been unable to lock down any financial backers.

A 99-year lease for the project on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University was signed with ASU in September, requiring the financing to be in place by December 31, New Times has learned.

With that deadline and another expected groundbreaking date now blown, USA Place LLC is prepared to put $4 million down as a deposit in order to keep the deal with ASU alive.

See below for update

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ASU Police Investigating Profoundly Strange Note Left on Student's Car

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Nick Schweitzer
The Arizona State University Police Department is investigating a strange, vaguely threatening note left on a student's car.

The university confirmed the investigation but didn't release details about the note. However, a photo of a note said to have been left on an ASU sorority girl's car has been circulating on various social media websites.

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Jetpack Created by ASU Student Jason Kerestes Pushes Runners Along Faster

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A jetpack created by ASU for the defense industry gives a boost that allows runner to move faster.
Arizona State University engineering student Jason Kerestes' jetpack won't let its wearers fly -- but running like the wind may be the next best thing.

Kerestes, a graduate student and welding expert, is the "mastermind" behind the 4MM project, a combined effort by ASU and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create a machine that assists soldiers who need to run somewhere really fast.

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Given the Choice, Students Choose to Attend ASU Over UA

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When students are accepted to both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, a majority choose to attend ASU, according to one set of statistics.

It's not a sure thing, but Parchment, a company that helps students transfer their official high school transcripts to colleges, looked at its users' data to see which colleges they end up choosing after being admitted to multiple schools.

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