Resident Assistants Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Title IX Compliance

College housing’s student workers have long been relied on to resolve roommate disputes, but the heightened enforcement of the federal gender-equity law has made them key reporters of sexual violence.



Basic Training for Higher Ed

Why colleges might look to the armed forces for guidance on serving low-income students.



Admissions Offices Scramble to Comply With New Overtime Rule

An update to labor law requires colleges to give raises to some employees in the time-intensive field, pay them overtime, or scale back their hours.



To Improve Student Success, a University Confronts the Email Deluge

Michigan State University is rethinking how it communicates with students, especially those who are freshmen or the first in their families to go to college. Sending hundreds of emails isn’t the best way — but what is?



How One University Went All-In on Restorative Justice

Many colleges have embraced conflict-resolution tactics that emphasize reconciliation, not punishment. But few have invested as heavily as the University of Michigan.



Michigan Gave Colleges $500,000 to Fight Sex Assault. Here’s How They Spent It.

Through a grant program, 22 institutions got a chance to move beyond "tried and true" programs and experiment with new approaches to training faculty and students and changing campus culture.



What a Landmark Finding in a Title IX Case Means for Colleges Wrestling With Sex Assault

The Education Department has cited a Delaware college for failing to protect the rights of a student accused of sexual assault. Experts say the case sends a message to colleges about the importance of conducting fair investigations.



An Innovative Program Guides Former Gang Members From Prison to Promise

College Bound Dorchester takes young men and women from one of Boston’s most dangerous neighborhoods and helps them plot a path to higher education. But getting students in the door is only part of the challenge.



'I'm Doing It For Myself': a Student's Struggle to Turn His Life Around

After years in and out of prison, a former gang member who joined the College Bound Dorchester program describes what it’s like to start college.


U. of Illinois Alumna Wins Chronicle’s 2016 Miller Award for Young Journalists

Corinne Ruff, who now reports on the retail industry, was recognized for three articles she wrote during an internship last spring at The Chronicle.



Furor Over Band Protest Leads to a Tense Week at East Carolina U.

Some members of the university’s marching band knelt during the national anthem at a football game last weekend. Their actions sparked a fierce backlash that has lingered over the campus.



When Racism Reappears, How Can a Campus Show It Has Made Any Gains?

A report of racial slurs at the University of Missouri at Columbia has renewed tensions over race relations there. Some people are suggesting that white students, faculty, and staff have yet to do their part.



How One University Enticed a World-Famous Rapper to Stop by Campus at 2 a.m.

What started as a student-led hashtag turned into a star-studded PR move for Drake University.



At U. of New Mexico, Long-Simmering Frustrations Over a Seal Find a Receptive Ear

The seal features images of a frontiersman and a conquistador. For decades, critics have protested it as racist. Now, there’s hope it might finally be changed.


A Gorilla-Masked Student’s Attempt to Provoke Is Met With Peace

Instead of prompting violence or dividing the campus, an offensive stunt at East Tennessee State University led to a larger conversation about race relations.



What Should Colleges Do to Discipline Students Who Spew Hate?

In response to racist incidents, colleges can suspend or expel. But some professionals advocate restorative justice as a more effective alternative.


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.