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Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

Faculty are on the frontlines of a worsening student mental health crisis

In “Faculty’s Response to Student Mental Health,” the Boston University School of Public Health, the Healthy Minds Network, and the Mary Christie Foundation found that nearly 80% of higher education faculty report having dealt with student mental health issues over the past 12 months and nearly 90% believe student mental…

MCQ. Issue 21
04/14/2021
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
04/14/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

A Path Towards Identifying Suicide Risk Factors in College Students

College students are experiencing anxiety rates at an all-time high, with contributing factors that are beginning to be understood. The isolation and loneliness of the pandemic are only compounding the risk for students experiencing mental health challenges. Given all of this, it may not come as a surprise that suicide…

MCQ. Issue 20
01/12/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

Mental Health Should be at the Forefront of Crisis Interventions on Campus

The growing national mental health epidemic among college students has been well-documented over the past decade, and, in response, many universities have significantly expanded their support and infrastructure to respond to students in distress, including increased staffing at mental health clinics, the creation of campus-wide committees on student crisis intervention,…

MCQ. Issue 20
01/12/2021
Opinion

Students with Chronic Illness Need Special Consideration in Re-opening Strategies

Much of the conversation around reopening colleges in the fall has focused on mitigating the risk of outbreaks and creating policies to keep the campus community safe as a whole. While these conversations are necessary and constructive, it is critical that colleges and universities put a particular focus on students…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

I Belong

Approximately nine million students and alumni are members of fraternities and sororities in North America. Roughly 750,000 of those members currently belong to an undergraduate fraternity or sorority chapter, yet there is much debate on whether Greek life should remain a part of the college tradition. As a current member…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Opinion | Substance Use

Proms, Parties and the Power of Social Norms in Preventing Event-Specific Alcohol Use in High School

I recently met with a school district administrator about conducting a research project in one of the district’s high schools around alcohol use during high school prom, since this can be a high-risk event related to drinking, driving, and other behaviors for students. I knew that there was interest in…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

The Need for Data: Mental Health During Unprecedented Times

Unprecedented. In recent weeks this word has risen to prominence in our collective lexicon. We are living in unprecedented times. Nothing is as it was before. Now more than ever, we need data and evidence to guide our decisions and inform policies and programs. This is true at all levels,…

MCQ. Issue 17
04/09/2020
Opinion | Substance Use

Confronting Campus Substance Use

Leadership needs to look beyond the tragic headlines in order to avoid them in the future More than 1,500 college students die from alcohol-related incidents each year. Some of these tragedies make headlines when they are associated with hazing deaths, but they only represent the most visible part of a…

MCQ. Issue 16
01/13/2020
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