Health

Colleges start new efforts, rules to confront spread of measles and other contagious diseases

In response to measles outbreak, colleges make new push on vaccinations. Meanwhile, norovirus spreads in Virginia.

Mandatory leaves for mental health conditions raise discrimination concerns

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Recent court cases, including a discrimination settlement at Quinnipiac University, suggest that colleges have to consider alternatives to forcing a student with a mental health condition to withdraw. 

As open enrollment winds down, students still underrepresented under Obamacare

With young adults still under-represented under Obamacare, advocates and opponents make a final push to reach students before 2014 open enrollment closes.

The study abroad provider Living Routes to close after losing its affiliation with UMass Amherst

The study abroad provider Living Routes will close its doors after the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, citing health and safety concerns, suspends its affiliation agreement with the organization.

At a small private college, all-night dining allows for more flexible class scheduling

At Lynn University, one of the first small colleges to offer a 24-hour cafeteria, students are more nourished and classes are more flexible.

Book details campus and community consequences of party school culture

New book details campus and community hazards of thriving party school culture, and complacency of administrators who fail to address it.

Meningitis update: more unlicensed vaccine use possible; stay vigilant over holiday break

As the Princeton cases grow and Thanksgiving holiday approaches, CDC prepares for potentially wider use of an unlicensed vaccine and campus officials nationwide warn students to take precautions.

Colleges consider whether e-cigarettes are covered by bans on smoking

Colleges are trying to decide whether e-cigarettes should be banned as part of campus tobacco-free policies.

 

Colleges fear international students are purchasing inadequate health plans on private market

College officials raise concerns about the private international student health insurance market, where there are plans that exclude coverage for chemotherapy or only pay up to $3,000 for surgery.

Increasing number of universities are creating international health, safety and security-related positions

As universities increase the numbers of students they send abroad and the diversity of program locales, a growing number of institutions are creating full-time international health, safety and security-related positions.

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