Student life

Sewanee puts faculty back in charge of freshman advising

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It's hard to offer meaningful advising to new students before they arrive on campus. But Sewanee says it can be done, with professors making key decisions.


Are college marching bands hotbeds of hazing?

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Dismissal of marching band director at Ohio State reflects an unwillingness to tolerate behavior that once would have been written off as tradition.

For extra eyes and ears, many institutions employ student security guards

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Jon Meis's heroism -- displayed when the 22-year-old engineering student pepper-sprayed and tackled a gunman at Seattle Pacific University -- is rare. The phenomenon of students working for campus security, however, is common, experts say.

Would forcing fraternities to admit women reduce sexual assaults?

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Students and faculty at Wesleyan U. push to end all-male Greek houses. Would such a shift protect women?

Colleges confront an increase in use of heroin by students

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Facing overdoses and regional scourges, campuses start to see that substance abuse problems don’t just revolve around alcohol and marijuana.


Colleges consider why students are getting killed falling from buildings

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A series of deaths and injuries in which students fell from buildings has some colleges rethinking policies.


Some dorm room deposits are called unethical

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Students spend countless thousands on housing fees for dorms they may never live in at colleges and universities they may never attend. Are these charges ethical?

Incoming freshmen more driven by money than ever, survey shows

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The impact of rising costs in a post-recession economy on the concerns and decisions of incoming freshmen is stronger than ever, an annual survey shows.

Swarthmore Hillel rejects ban on anti-Israel speakers

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Swarthmore College's Hillel chapter says it won't adhere to guidelines barring it from cooperating with or hosting anti-Israel groups or speakers. In response, Hillel headquarters draws a hard line.

NSSE 2013 measure student engagement and learning outcomes

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Revamped version of annual survey, NSSE, examines students' use of effective learning practices, academic advising and technology in the classroom.


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