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Colleges are now free to abandon Obama-era guidelines requiring them to use the lowest standard of proof in deciding whether students are responsible for sexual assault.

The Department of Education is withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance on the Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence (2011), as well as the Questions and Answers on Title IX Sexual Violence (2014).

Those on each side of the action reacted strongly to the news.

Colleges are now free to abandon Obama-era guidelines requiring them to use the lowest standard of proof in deciding whether students are responsible for sexual assault.

ESL ASSIST—Computer science student Yihan Liu,  who is from China, signs out an Amazon Dot Echo from his Arizona State residence hall. He plans to use the device to improve his English. (Charlie Leight/ASU Now).

Arizona State has partnered with Amazon to offer free Echo Dot smart speakers to about 1,600 students, most of whom live in the new Tooker House residential hall.

The Trump administration’s plan to phase out DACA by not accepting new applicants is another shift in immigration laws that leaves many students unsure of their status on and off campus.

Just as students were headed back to campuses in southeastern Texas in late August, Hurricane Harvey struck.

Source: “The Critical First Year: What New Chief Diversity Officers Need to Succeed,” Witt/Kieffer, 2017, UBmag.me/cdos.

Nearly two-thirds of chief diversity officers (CDOs) at colleges report they are the first to hold that role at their school, according to a study.

Throughout Florida, colleges and universities are hiring faculty to accommodate growing high-demand fields like health and engineering.

How other states are approaching math requirements.

The 23-campus California State University system has eliminated two of the largest barriers facing incoming freshmen pursuing non-STEM majors.

Private college leaders want to collaborate more closely on issues of access and affordability—but federal antitrust laws prevent institutions from even having discussion about them.

As the term “free college” draws applicants and ever-more media attention, states, cities and colleges are learning the realities of these large-scale aid programs.

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