Amid Concerns About Stifling Speech, Colleges Take a New Look at Bias-Response Teams

Bias-response teams have found themselves under a new wave of criticism, but that’s not why some of them are changing.



The Worst Roommate Horror Stories, From Those Charged With Playing Peacemaker

We asked residence-life officials to share outstanding tales of bad blood between college roommates. They did not disappoint.


A University Draws Fire for Its Communications to Students About Suicidal Thoughts

Northern Michigan University has stopped warning students that they could be punished if they discuss fears of self-harm with peers. Free-speech advocates say the university hasn’t gone far enough.



At Tennessee, Women’s Fears Go Beyond Campus Sex Assault

The flagship university warns students about a higher incidence at the start of the semester, but they’re already preoccupied with other dangers.



As Reformers Take Aim at Remediation, Community Colleges Feel the Squeeze

Some states have cut back on remedial education, saying it’s broken. But more and more students are packing into the classes, and questions about college readiness still linger.



Colleges Add Mental-Health Awareness to Crowded Orientation Lineup

As campus rates of depression and anxiety soar, administrators say they want to make sure students know where to find help on Day 1.



Colleges Embrace Streetwise Tactics to Prevent Substance-Abuse Deaths

They’re adopting alcohol and drug policies focused on harm reduction rather than punishment, taking cues from first responders and even underground party culture.



What ‘Safe Spaces’ Really Look Like on College Campuses

As the term has become a political football, its meaning has been obscured. Here’s what students, professors, and administrators actually mean when they discuss it.



In Sexual-Misconduct Cases, Colleges Weigh Privacy Against Transparency

As attention to the problem grows, colleges are being urged to give more details. What information are officials allowed to disclose, and what do they do in practice?



U. of Chicago’s Free-Expression Letter Exposes Fault Lines on Campus

Student, professors, and administrators at the university, which bills itself as a stalwart of vigorous intellectual debate, now find themselves split over definitions and principles.



What One College Learned From Creating Housing for Recovering Addicts

Administrators at the College of New Jersey say they had to create an inclusive environment not only for those students but also for any students who choose to live substance-free.



How a University Is Training Its Police to Take a Trauma-Informed Approach to Sexual Violence

The University of Texas system is embracing methods that build on traditional investigative strategies with ones that establish more trust with victims.



What’s the Right Public Message About Going to College?

Higher education is a good investment, on average, but some students leave it worse off than when they started. That makes giving general advice a challenge.



With a Strong Stance on Safe Spaces, U. of Chicago Sends a Mixed Message to Students

While some applauded the clarity of a dean’s letter, others found it callous, out of touch, or simply misunderstood.



The Real Story Behind the U. of Connecticut’s ‘Scholars House’

The university’s new residential community was created in an attempt to put more African-American men on a path to graduation. But some critics have depicted the program as a step toward segregating black students.



College Republican Chapters Are Trying to Keep Trump From Tearing Them Apart

With the fall semester starting and the November election fast approaching, the chapters are withholding endorsements, focusing on down-ballot races, and sometimes even splintering.



A Provocative Protest Pits Pro- and Anti-Gun Activists

Concealed handguns are now legal in public-college classrooms in Texas. On the first day of classes at the University of Texas at Austin since the law took effect, opponents and supporters expressed their views with signs, slogans, and sex toys.



Meet the Sex Shops in Austin, Tex., That Put the Cocks in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’

The University of Texas flagship prohibits dildos in public but, thanks to the state’s new campus-carry law, allows guns. Students are protesting, and local proprietors are lending a hand.



What Will College Be Like for a Transgender Student in North Carolina?

The recipient of a prestigious scholarship talks about how he will navigate his freshman year after the passage of the state’s controversial "bathroom bill."



What Has Welfare Reform Meant for Students' Higher-Education Dreams?

The law, signed 20 years ago today by President Bill Clinton, has had a complex impact on poverty — and on educational attainment, according to Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy.


Helping Students Seek Social Services

Even at colleges that try to keep tuition and fees under control, it's other living expenses that often delay or derail adult students. Explore how some institutions are connecting students with public benefits.



The Students Behind ‘Students for Concealed Carry’

The national gun-rights organization has grown significantly since its inception on social media almost a decade ago.



How 3 College Presidents Are Trying to Move Their Campuses Past Racial Tensions

Student activism and demands at Towson University, Oberlin College, and the University of Washington took different shapes. But the leaders of all three institutions are searching for common ground between protesters and administrators.