IN-DEPTH


University of Minnesota dental student and dental hygienist Kelli Blankenship speaks with a patient during his appointment on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Moos Towers. Blankenship has used accommodations through the Disability Resource Center for nine years as she has worked toward her three degrees at the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota dental student and dental hygienist Kelli Blankenship speaks with a patient during his appointment on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Moos Towers. Blankenship has used accommodations through the Disability Resource Center for nine years as she has worked toward her three degrees at the University of Minnesota.

4/20/2017, 8:00am

Despite accommodations, some UMN students clash with professors over 'unseen' disabilities

As more students register for disability accommodation letters, some advocates say professors will need additional training to better serve those with unseen disabilities.

Every afternoon last semester, Ren Marie sat in the same spot in their living room, studying for one class. Even then, Marie — a University of Minnesota gender, women and sexuality studies first-year with a registered disability — barely passed.


3/17/2017, 12:22pm

UMN greek leaders, advocates say more could be done to tackle sexual assault

With the suspension of Delta Upsilon last month over sexual assault allegations and alcohol and substance misuse, renewed attention has been leveraged on the greek life community’s response to sexual assault. While University of Minnesota fraternity leaders condemn acts of sexual violence, they say they’re not adequately prepared to tackle the issue on campus. “It’s a much bigger issue than what [the Interfraternity Council] is equipped to handle,” said IFC president Simon Beck, adding that he thinks sexual assaults in fraternities represent one “bad apple” rather than a culture.


Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke and Abby Honold, two University of Minnesota students, describe the aftermath of their sexual assaults.

3/2/2017, 10:13am

After reporting their sexual assaults, UMN students say they faced hurdles, distress

Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke met her rapist on Tinder. For a week, the two chatted about school and their mutual greek life connection. They planned a date on a Friday night in mid-October — and she told him she wasn’t interested in sex. But when Ortmeier-Clarke’s perpetrator arrived at her apartment in Stadium Village, he smelled of alcohol and stumbled over his words.


Kayla Pederson and Maria, two University of Minnesota students, recount their experiences as victims of sexual assault by members of Delta Upsilon.

2/24/2017, 12:19pm

‘An obstacle to justice’: How Delta Upsilon leaders tolerated a culture that dismissed sexual assault

Kayla Pederson promised herself she wouldn’t drink too much at Delta Upsilon’s spring formal in late March 2015. At a cabin tucked away in northwest Minnesota, the University of Minnesota graduate — then a junior — stayed mostly sober Friday night. She fell asleep on a couch and woke up the next day feeling at ease. So when the sun set Saturday, Pederson downed a little more.