MA High Court Finds Limited Duty for Universities to Prevent Suicide

Less than two months after a landmark decision by the California Supreme Court that universities have a duty to protect students from foreseeable violence, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision that "a special relationship and a corresponding duty to take reasonable measures to prevent suicide may be created between a university and its student."

Risk With No Reward: Women, Gender Dynamics, and Alcohol

Last month, part one of this two-part series on alcohol and gender issues encouraged campuses to have thoughtful and honest conversations about the challenges that alcohol holds for women. Happy Hour and Harassment focused specifically on the role of alcohol as a potential contributing factor to gender-based harassment.

When Less is More for Students Mandated to a Brief Motivational Intervention

Brief Motivational Intervention (BMI) is one of the most researched intervention approaches for college students. Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is the most well-known and leading BMI program administered at college and universities with students demonstrating issues with alcohol use

Fraternity Life: The Story We Rarely Tell

I have an alert set on my computer. Every day around 11am, I receive an email that aggregates news that mentions the word "fraternity." Every so often I'll learn about a chapter that raised money for a philanthropy event, but more often than not the headlines address similar themes: sexual assault, hazing, racism, suspension, lawsuits, student deaths. Unfortunately, the list goes on.

How To Become A Data Guru: Six Strategies For The Prevention Professional

Most institutions of higher education are already aware of the importance of data. From the early stages of deciding which students to admit into our programs, to assessing their performance along the way, data is an integral piece of the college experience. As students continue to engage with technology, opportunities for data collection and utilization will increase, posing both opportunities and challenges for those working in collegiate well-being.

What New York employers need to know about the sexual harassment training mandated in NY State budget law

On April 12, 2018, the New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a 2018-2019 budget bill (also the “Law”) that includes an expansive anti-harassment training mandate in the spirit of the #MeToo movement. This legislation -- enacted in tandem with comparable legislation at the New York City level -- seeks to address sexual harassment in the workplace, by mandating all private employers to provide all their workers with annual sexual harassment prevention training

What NYC employers need to know about the new Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

On May 9, 2018, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (also the “Act”). This legislation -- enacted in tandem with comparable legislation at the New York State Level -- seeks to address sexual harassment in the workplace, by mandating all private employers with 15 or more employees to provide all their workers with annual sexual harassment prevention training starting on April 1, 2019.