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    Sexual Assault and Title IX

    According to recent research, as many as 1 in 4 women on college campuses experience sexual assault.  Evidence indicates the critical need for colleges and universities to promote safe environments through sexual assault prevention programming, bystander training, and education on consent. The Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that protects people in education programs or activities receiving federal aid from discrimination based on sex.

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    Sexual assault on campus is regulated under Title IX and colleges can utilize these policies to safeguard students and protect survivors. Research shows that targeting high risk groups (e.g. fraternities and athletic teams) effectively improved students’ understanding of consent with college men and members of university-affiliated Greek organizations experiencing the greatest improvements in understanding.


    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Students in Strict Abortion States Face Multiple Obstacles After Dobbs Decision

    Fighting uncertainty with information, student advocacy prevails, even in the states where reproductive rights have been most attacked. When Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) graduate student Cheyenne Sanchez was growing up in McAllen — the largest city Hidalgo County, Texas — students were not required to take any form of…

    MCQ. Issue 28
    Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Intersectionality is a key consideration in sexual assault policies on campus

    From the beginning of the #MeToo movement, many among us have felt that our stories of sexual assault and harassment were finally given legitimacy. Though never brave enough to formerly join the social media movement by telling my own story, I embraced it as a win for people who had…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    Sexual Assault and Title IX

    Campus Concern: Sexual Assault Returning to Campus

    Returning to college this fall may require heightened efforts towards sexual assault prevention Across the nation, colleges and their students are preparing to return to campus for a fall semester like no other. This year, half of all students at many four-year universities will be experiencing college life for the…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    Opinion | Sexual Assault and Title IX

    The Importance of Cultural Competency within Survivor Outreach and Advocacy Resources

    The #MeToo movement has had a significant impact on college sexual misconduct reports, both old and new.  Michigan State University reported more than 3x the number of complaints in 2018 that were more than two decades old. Others such as Rutgers University loosened restrictions on investigation time limits on incidents…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    Substance Use

    Penn State’s Piazza Center Seeks Scholars for New Research Agenda

    Penn State University launched the Piazza Center in January 2019, in an effort to become the nation’s principal home for identifying sound professional practice in fraternity and sorority advising. With a robust agenda that includes promising new research that identifies a “triad of risk,” (hazing, substance abuse, and sexual violence),…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    Physical Health

    Science Summary

    1. AAU Campus Climate Survey Update An extensive report on campus sexual violence found significant levels of sexual mis- conduct and disparities in the prevalence of sexual misconduct among different categories of students. The report is the second iteration of a major effort by the Association of American Universities (AAU),…

    MCQ. Issue 16
    Substance Use

    Everything to Gain

    Conference highlights leadership’s role in addressing campus substance use In November 2019, The Mary Christie Foundation and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) convened a group of higher education leaders, trustees, and clinical experts for an event focused on addressing college drinking and drug use. “Everything to Gain:…

    MCQ. Issue 16
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Physical Health

    Q&A: Dr. Mamta Accapadi

    Rollins College’s Vice President of Student Affairs works closely with President Grant Cornwell There’s no doubt that presidents have a large role to play in their students’ health and wellbeing, from directing policy to setting a tone that affects campus cultures. But the myriad of factors that impact student wellbeing…

    MCQ. Issue 14
    Substance Use, Mental and Behavioral Health

    Needing to Know

    Penn State’s Piazza Center will shine light on Greek Life It is fair to say that the current relationship between higher education and fraternities and sororities is strained. After a series of heartbreaking and high-profile hazing deaths, including that of Penn State freshman Timothy Piazza, stakeholders already concerned about the…

    MCQ. Issue 13
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

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