News and Perspectives
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.
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.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed campus free speech, sexual misconduct and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in his annual State of the University speech Thursday afternoon.
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.”
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.