Nearly a month after four students were slain in an off-campus house, the University of Idaho said it will offer on-campus spring instruction in January, as originally planned. However, online options could also be expanded.
The moves came three days after a contentious trustees’ meeting — when Swayne balked at a hastily presented proposal to hire a new attorney, and trustees derailed Swayne’s plans to fill an administrative position.
North Idaho College is facing an existential threat, as students continue to turn away. Enrollment fell below 4,300 this semester, after another 6% decrease. NIC hopes to grow enrollment to 5,000 next year; it’s been three years since the college hit this mark.
“We will do our best to meet the needs of all students,” said U of I President C. Scott Green Sunday evening. INSIDE: New details on the crime.
Urging the public to remain vigilant, Moscow police chief James Fry said. “There’s still an individual out there who committed four horrible, horrible crimes.”
Police again said the University of Idaho students’ deaths appear to be a targeted attack — an assertion they have made repeatedly, but have never explained.
The four students were evidently stabbed “by an edged weapon such as a knife,” the Moscow Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. No weapon has been recovered, and no suspects are in custody.
Nick Swayne is executive director of a Virginia-based higher education collaborative, and a University of Idaho alum. The North Idaho College board hired him on a 3-2 vote.