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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. 

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden is joining officials at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, for the launch Monday of the Biden Institute.

The Institute is a new research and policy center focused on domestic issues including economic reform, environmental sustainability, criminal justice and civil rights.

Biden will be the founding chair of the Institute, which will be part of the university's School of Public Policy and Administration.