This Week in College News: Sex, Voting Laws, and Guns on Campus

By Sam Coren Staff

student protester studentadvisorWelcome to the first installment of “This Week in College News”  on StudentAdvisor. Every week we’ll highlight the biggest stories happening at colleges and universities across the US. Find out which current events are influencing the changing landscape of American college life below:

1. Dickinson College students win protest for change in school sexual assault policy.

A group of 270 students at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA organized a sit-in to demand change in the school’s sexual assault policy. The protest came about after an incident on campus in which the administration did not expel the male student accused of the assault. Additionally students found that the process for a filing sexual assault complaint took too long. After three and half days of non-violent protest the students met with Dickinson College President William Durden to reform the policy.

2. Northwestern chief: Live sex demonstration doesn’t define school 

A Northwestern University professor made national headlines last month after inviting students to an optional after-class seminar for a Human Sexuality course. During the seminar 100 students bared witness to two non-students performing a live sex act. After the school launched an investigation, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro stated this week that, “Controversy attends all universities, including ours.  That, alas, is another fact.  And when it does occur, there will be disagreement on how the University should respond, even among the most thoughtful of our more than 250,000 students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. I’m confident, however, in our ability to work through this situation, guided, as we must be, by the light of reason.”

3. A dozen states consider bills to allow guns on campus. Nation speaks out

No matter what side of the fence you are on gun laws, the recent wave of bills proposed by several states regarding the legality of guns on colleges comes as a surprise to many. Amitai Etzioni, a sociologist and professor of international relations at George Washington University, weighs in on how the presence of guns on campus poses a threat to the safety of college students.


4. Students speak out against proposed changes to voting laws


The adoption of the 26th amendment in 1971 lowered the minimum age to vote in federal, state and local elections to 18. Forty years later New Hampshire’s state speaker of the House is on the hunt to restrict the voting rights of college students claiming that students lacked “life experience,” and “they just vote their feelings.” Republican law makers in 32 states have followed suit urging for stricter voting requirements such as citizens having to show a state identification or proof of citizenship to vote. 

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