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A student at the University of Delaware has tested negative for the coronavirus.

University officials say that the student is being released from the hospital and is doing well.

A second student is still awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Division of Public Health is monitoring 13 people who came back from China.

None have shown any symptoms.

Two students at the University of Delaware have been screened for the Caronavirus.

WBOC reports that university officials say the students do not live on campus and are currently in isolation at a local hospital.

The school says that the Division of Public Health is conducting the tests along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

University officials say the risk of student is low.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the First State.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two former volleyball coaches who claimed they were fired from the University of Delaware based on age and sexual orientation are appealing a judge's ruling in favor of the school.

A federal judge ruled last month that Bonnie Kenny and Cindy Gregory had failed to show that the university's stated reasons for firing them were pretext for discrimination.

Attorneys for Kenny and Gregory filed a notice of appeal on Thursday. Kenny and Gregory are a lesbian couple in their 50s.

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Clay Conaway’s defense attorney wants a delay for the sentencing on his rape conviction until after his second trial on similar charges because it could impact the jury pool.

The Wilmington News Journal reports sentencing for the former University of Delaware baseball player is set for November 22nd.

Conaway is facing up to 15 years in prison.

But his attorney argued that given a lack of criminal conviction and other “mitigating factors” he would receive a senate much closer to the minimum.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Nov. 22 sentencing date has been set for an ex-University of Delaware baseball player who is accused of a string of sexual assaults and was convicted in the first case brought to jurors.

Twenty-three-year-old Clay Conaway was convicted last week of fourth-degree rape. A Sussex County jury refused to convict him on more serious charges of first-degree or second-degree rape. Fourth-degree rape carries a maximum 15-year sentence but no mandatory prison time.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested their case in the rape trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults.

After testimony by a police detective Wednesday morning, the judge planned to rule Wednesday afternoon on a defense request for a judgment of acquittal for 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

Jury deliberations are to begin after closing arguments Thursday afternoon.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults says she told him several times to stop touching her and that she did not want to have sex.

The 21-year-old woman finished testifying Friday in the first-degree rape trial of 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

She is among six women whom Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

The woman told a detective hours after the June 2018 incident that she repeatedly told Conaway to stop what he was doing.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults has testified under cross examination that she did not protest when he removed all her clothes as they lay in his bed.

The woman also acknowledged on the witness stand Thursday that she told friends two days before meeting Clay Conaway that she needed sex, and that she drove to Conaway's house in June 2018 knowing that he wanted to have sex.

She's among six women whom Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults has testified that she was surprised and afraid when he went from consensual kissing to physical force and violence. 

The 21-year-old woman testified Wednesday that her surprise when Clay Conaway began removing her clothes became anxiety, then fear, as he  put his hand on her throat, pulled her hair, pinned her legs and raped her.

She is one of six women whom 23-year-old Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple rapes says she was surprised that he agreed to connect with her on an online dating site.

The 21-year-old testified Tuesday that she thought 23-year-old Clay Conaway seemed somewhat out of her league, and that she couldn't imagine that he would want to get to know her.

She also testified that the day after the two connected on the meeting site Bumble, Conaway sent her a nude photo of himself on Snapchat.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Jury selection in the first trial of a former college baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women hit a snag after a potential juror talked about the case with others.

Selection of a jury in the trial of Clay Conaway was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but the judge dismissed scores of people in the jury pool after attorneys learned that one of them spoke with other potential jurors.

The jury selection process was to resume Wednesday morning with a new slate of potential jurors. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

A lone University of Delaware sophomore stood in silent protest on the campus this week.

Her names was Alyvia Pauzer who says she feels dismissed after reporting a sexual assault earlier this year.

She says she organized the demonstration to express a common feeling among those who reported such assaults.

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The Newark City Council is trying to dramatically crackdown on unruly off-campus parties at the University of Delaware.

The council approved a measure that would strip away previous restrictions on authorities and allow police to issue citations to hosts of parties with as few as four people.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law is aimed at hosts of what have been called “super parties” but some college students fear that it will be used against smaller parties.

A violation would require fine and community service.

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A 1963 University of Delaware Yearbook has been found to contain a photo of two students in blackface.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there is not caption and the identities and context are not known.

The paper reports that it reviewed 15 university yearbooks from 1975 to 1985 and from 1962 to 1965 as part of a USA Today Network review of college yearbooks.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has named its school of public policy in honor of former vice president Joe Biden.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the conclusion of a semiannual meeting of the university's board of trustees.

Biden is a 1965 graduate of the university. The Biden Institute at UD's School of Public Policy and Administration is already named for him. Biden told trustees that having the school itself named for him was "a truly great honor."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether a judge erred in ruling that a University of Delaware sorority was not responsible for the death of a student who was hit by a car after getting drunk.

A three-judge panel heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by the parents of Ethan Connolly of Medway, Massachusetts. Connolly was hit by a car in 2013 while crossing a dark street after an off-campus sorority party. The 19-year-old sophomore was severely drunk at the time.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is closing two large dorms several years ahead of schedule.

News outlets report the university announced recently that it is closing both Christiana Towers dorms at the end of this school year.

The nearly 50-years-old towers house about 1,300 students. The university had initially planned to close them at the end of the 2023-2014 school year and eventually plans on demolishing them.

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Posters were found by University of Delaware campus police which read, “It’s okay to be white.”

They were discovered in a number of locations.

And the Anti-Defamation League says they appear to be part of a trolling campaign started by 4chan users.

The University issued a statement saying that the campaign is an effort to pit people against one another.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that many students were unaware of the posters but told the paper that such a message is not welcome on campus.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been injured in an explosion at a laboratory at the University of Delaware.

The incident occurred early Wednesday afternoon at Brown Hall, a science building in the center of the campus.

University spokesman Peter Bothum says two graduate students received minor injuries in the incident and were taken to a hospital.

Bothum says the students were conducting an experiment involving chromium oxide when an explosion occurred in a fume hood.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Tuition rates are going up at the University of Delaware.

The school announced Thursday that undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state students will increase by 4 percent for the upcoming year, to $13,680. Tuition and fees for out-of-state students will rise by 3.5 percent, to $34,310.

The total cost for most undergraduates, including room and board, will exceed $26,500 for in-state students and $47,000 for out-of-state students.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has removed its cap on the number of credit hours covered by a full semester's tuition.

The News Journal of Wilmington reported Monday that the school removed the cap in an attempt to improve four-year graduation rates. Full-time students used to be limited to a maximum of 17 credit hours per semester and pay extra for anything over that. University officials announced last week that students now can take 18 credits or more without a surcharge.

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Two of Delaware’s universities along with a community college are asking for nearly $180 million in funding for new construction and maintenance projects.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware State University is seeking $100 million for repairs that range from mechanical systems and campus roadways to existing buildings.

The paper also reports that the University of Delaware wants $66.5 million to fund a new building on its STAR campus.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Students at the University of Delaware could soon have a tougher time making the dean's list.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Saturday that the school's Committee of Undergraduate Students is considering ways to make the honor more competitive.

Earlier this year, the committee proposed raising the requirement from a 3.33 GPA to a 3.5 GPA.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has announced plans to implement a tuition surcharge for students at its nursing, engineering and business schools.

The university announced the plans Monday as part of a broader plan to increase enrollment and hire more than 500 faculty over the next five to seven years.

School officials say the plan for differentiated tuition is driven by the fact that it costs more to educate students in nursing, engineering and business than it does for other majors.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A University of Delaware spokeswoman says the woman found dead at an off-campus residence hall was an employee.

UD spokeswoman Andrea Boyle tells The News Journal of Wilmington the 42-year-old woman was a resident at INNternationale House, a school housing hall that focuses on language and culture.

School police say EMS officials do not suspect foul play and believe the death was the result of an ongoing medical issue.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - An executive with New Jersey's largest private health care system is accused of performing lewd acts in front of female University of Delaware students.

Newark Police on Friday charged 57-year-old Gerald Picerno of Morristown, New Jersey, with lewdness, indecent exposure and other counts.

New Jersey's RWJBarnabas Health Systems says Picerno is on leave as chief strategy officer. A phone call to a number listed for him went unanswered, and the name of his lawyer was not available.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Chemours Co., a specialty chemical company spun off from the DuPont Co., says it plans to build a research and innovation facility on the University of Delaware campus.

Officials said Monday that the  project will establish an innovation partnership and talent development pipeline between Chemours and the university, while keeping 330 researcher and technician jobs in the Wilmington area.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two former volleyball coaches are suing the University of Delaware, claiming they were fired based on their age, sexual orientation and marital status.

In separate federal complaints filed Thursday, Bonnie Kenny and Cindy Gregory, who were married in 2013, also claim violations of their equal protection and due process rights.

The couple, both in their mid-50s, is suing the school, former HR director Thomas LaPenta, and athletic director Christine Rawak.

Kenny and Gregory were fired in October, but the school did not provide any details.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - University of Delaware baseball coach Jim Sherman is celebrating his 500th career victory as head coach at the school.
The school says in a statement that the baseball team's 5-4 win Sunday afternoon over North Carolina State gave Sherman the milestone victory. Sherman served as Delaware's associate head coach from 1995 to 2000 and took over the head coach job from Bob Hannah in 2001. Hannah is the only other coach of the Blue Hens to have 500 wins as a head coach.

Delaware State University officials say there was a report of a man with a gun on the Dover campus late yesterday who evaded security police and fled the scene.

University spokesman Carlos Holmes told WBOC that campus security searched the area with the help city police but could not find the man.

A campus alert went out around 7 p.m. and lasted an hour telling students to stay indoors.

Firearms are not permitted on campus with the exception of police.

The television station reports that man is not believed to have been a student or an official.