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More UMN students seeking mental health services

Monday, March 5, 2018

Mental health visits at Boynton Health this semester are up 18 percent compared to the fall.

Experts attribute the jump to increased openness about mental health and awareness of services on campus. As more students seek these services nationwide, some colleges have adapted their programming to keep up with the growing demand.

“In college and university settings, students are actually coming in with an expectation that part of their educational experience will involve some variety of counseling or therapy,” said Gary Christenson, Boynton’s chief medical officer. 

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UMN grad students call for better sexual harassment reporting

Monday, March 5, 2018

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are calling for more transparency from administration in reporting claims of sexual harassment. 

The University’s Council of Graduate Students presented a resolution last week requesting that the University release more detailed reports outlining incidents of sexual harassment — which they feel is severely lacking. 

Read the MN Daily story.


Letter: Preserving and expanding the UMCDC serves the University’s mission

Friday, March 2, 2018

On Jan. 22, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development announced the closure of the University of Minnesota Child Development Center. A month later, in response to research demonstrating the center's value to the University, President Eric Kaler postponed the closure until “an alternative, or alternatives, [are] in place.”


State of the University 2018: Our indisputable impact, our tough issues, our boundless opportunities

Thursday, March 1, 2018

by Eric W. Kaler

The full text of the State of the University Address, as delivered, can be found on the Office of the President website.

Below are two sections of the speech that are about critical issues impacting our campus climate - free speech and DACA.


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