Students in West Virginia Respond to Water Crisis


As people in West Virginia continue to contend with the chemical spill that has tainted water supplies, students at West Virginia University quickly mobilized to help out. They collected donations of bottled water, paper towels and baby wipes. “With less than 4-hours of planning, the entire campus came out and really helped support the cause,” student government president Ryan Campione told WBOY.com. Yay, Mountaineers! Read more here.

What would your campus do in the event of a water emergency like the one in West Virginia? Learn more about an All Hazards Approach: Campus Emergency Response 2014 during our webinar on Feb. 13 from 2-3:30 pm (ET).

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New Legislation Proposes Mental Health Notification Changes


FERPA notification procedures could change under the newly proposed Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Parents or caregivers could be notified “when the provider believes it’s necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of an individual or others.” It would allow notifications without waiting for FERPA’s current “health or safety emergency” limitation. Find out more about this legislation and how it’s being viewed here and here.

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U-M Creates Overarching Policy Dealing with Minors on Campus


The University of Michigan recently put a policy in place that covers how staff should interact with minors on campus. Previously, departments had their own policies; now there is an overarching policy that outlines what staff should and shouldn’t do in the presence of children, plus it mandates a central database of programs including youth and requires ongoing background checks for employees who work with minors. This is in the wake of the Penn State scandal, as well as a campus incident. U-M joins multiple institutions putting policies in place dealing with minors on campus. Read more here.

Learn more about this topic with the recording of our popular Kids on Campus: Best Practices in Protecting Minors & Your Institution webinar.

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Transfers Based on What Students Know, Not Credits


The recently unveiled Interstate Passport Initiative is a new type of transfer agreement. It features mutually agreed-upon learning outcomes for lower division courses within the general education core – making transfers based on what students know rather than their courses or credits. Participating schools will determine which credits students should receive for their proficiencies. Read more about this initiative from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education here and here.

Learn more about “Creating a Transfer-Friendly Campus” during our webinar on March 18 from 2-3:30 pm (ET).

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Making Ends Meet at Comm Colleges


How are community college leaders making ends meet? There’s a need for more intentional fundraising, plus relying on foundations and scholarships, and partnering with business/industry to enhance opportunities for student success. Financial issues are forcing community colleges to get more creative and resourceful. Read more about what that looks like here.

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The Confusion Over Title II and “Direct Threats”


In Feb. 2013, a Western Michigan University student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) when he was “involuntarily withdrawn” from the institution after being hospitalized for showing suicidal tendencies. The student said the university discriminated against him due to his depression and anxiety. He won his appeal and was readmitted, only to take his life in October 2013. In the meantime, WMU has submitted a new policy to the OCR for review.

At issue are Title II regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that changed in March 2011, making schools question what they are able to do if a student is a direct threat to him or herself. The new regulations only define a “direct threat” to others. Read more about this confusion and what it means for administrators addressing high-risk students here and here.

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Addressing the “Stress Culture” at CMU


The intense “stress culture” at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) is being addressed in a new elective class for first-year students called “thrive @ CMU.” The initiative came about after campus soul searching when a sophomore committed suicide one year ago. The course intends to give students the tools to find balance in their lives while also doing well on campus, instead of always comparing their success to that of others. Plus, it’s meant to address the “one-upmanship” among students regarding who is working hardest and sleeping the least. Read more about it all here.

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How DOMA’s Demise Will Impact Federal Aid Programs


The Department of Education issued another Dear Colleague Letter on Dec. 13, this time focusing on the Supreme Court’s recent decision about same-sex marriage and the impact on Title IV student financial assistance programs. The Court invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which previously prohibited federal agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages for the purposes of federal programs. The letter provides information on how this will impact the FAFSA and need analysis calculations now that the definition of “marriage” has been expanded. Read more here.

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Students Offer Dial-a-Carol at U. of Illinois


Fa la la la la… Student volunteers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are providing a free Dial-a-Carol service to get callers in the holiday spirit. It’s part of a tradition begun in 1960 by a former residence hall secretary, as students sing from their hearts. Volunteers took over 4,000 calls last year from around the world and the service is open 24 hours a day through finals week. Read more about their holiday spirit here and here.

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Supporting Foster Youth on Campus


Hiwassee College (TN) is offering programs to help foster youth who age out of the system. They receive one-on-one mentoring, scholarships from a federal program and ongoing assistance from the state Department of Children’s Services. They are also connected with a local mentor family from the community and the director of the Home Opportunity Possibility Education program, or HOPE. Read more about this model here.

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