Campus Brief 1/17: Students for Survivors at UC; Mental Health on syllabi; Emphasis on equity

In this week’s campus brief: Student activists at the University of Cincinnati submit several demands for improved resources for survivors of rapes, Northwestern faculty members encourage colleagues to add mental health resource information on syllabi, and Wisconsin educators tackle issues of equity.

College Affordability

Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Rape survivors fight for support at UC(1/17/17) University of Cincinnati junior Grace Cunningham formed Students for Survivors to lead the charge on sexual assault prevention efforts. Among her group’s latest demands: UC establish a campus-based peer advocacy program for survivors and revoke session limits for counseling and hire a full-time Title IX  staff to respond to reports.

  • Georgia Lawmaker Wants To Stop Colleges From Investigating Rapes (1/13/17) Under legislation introduced Wednesday by Earl Ehrhart, a Republican state representative in Georgia, colleges would not be able to punish a student accused of rape until they were found guilty or entered a guilty plea in criminal court.

Mental Health

  • Mental Health on the Syllabus (1/17/17) Northwestern U Faculty Senate passes resolution encouraging professors to put information about mental health services on their syllabi.

  • Balancing Response and Treatment (1/13/17) A new survey suggests that increasing student demand for mental health services -- spurred by prevention and awareness campaigns -- may be leading colleges to focus less on ongoing treatment in order to respond more rapidly to high-risk students.

Diversity & Inclusion

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