A University of Minnesota task force released a report Thursday with more than 100 recommendations for instructors and administrators to structure their courses to support student mental health. In a 26-page report, the task force outlined suggestions encouraging faculty to pace coursework and interact with students exhibiting signs of mental illness, among other recommendations, in hopes campus-wide changes will follow. Instructors, University officials and students formed the Joint Taskforce on Student Mental Health last year in response to rising concerns around faculty response to student mental health. Still, faculty will require additional training, like workshops, before making adjustments.
At 21 years old, University of Minnesota student Tiffany Hamidjaja is conducting research that experts say sheds new light on police-community relations.
The University of Minnesota’s revised sick note policy — over a year in the making — was implemented then quickly withdrawn earlier this month after negative feedback. Under the policy, which the University Senate Committee on Educational Policy approved in January, instructors can’t require doctors’ notes to excuse single-day medical absences.
The Wilson Library renovations will be at a standstill unless the University of Minnesota receives project funding from the State Legislature this year. The University requested $4 million from the state for the design phase of the Collections and Contemporary Learning project, which includes library improvements.
A controversial bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature would prohibit state agencies from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. Authors of the bill, which awaits a Senate vote after the House passed it in February, say it aims to prevent discrimination, but First Amendment advocates have raised concerns that it might limit speech rights.
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.
The University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be renamed in honor of the Hubbard family, the University announced Tuesday.
program that tutors students from underserved communities is looking for funding before its grant runs out at the end of the summer. Prepare2Nspire connects middle and high school students with University undergraduate mentors.
Three weeks after the birth of her first child, Austin Calhoun returned to work, shut her office door and cried. Calhoun took the two weeks paid parental leave guaranteed to her as a University of Minnesota academic employee, plus a week of vacation when her wife gave birth to their son.
This spring, the University of Minnesota may leave Moodle for a new learning management system. Academic technology officials recommend switching to Canvas, a new LMS, rather than staying with Moodle for a number of reasons, including Moodle’s limited structural capacity.