Centers for Men Would Help Them Seek Help

To the Editor:

“Campus Counseling Centers Face a Question: Where Are All the Men?” (The Chronicle, October 24) examines why the number of college men seeking out counseling centers is so low compared with college women. The article looks at many different factors as to why men need the counseling and yet they choose not to seek it out. One of the solutions the author pointed out is outreach specifically targeted towards men. Some universities have begun programs, but there definitely needs to be…

Why Publish an Article on Absurd Ebola Claims?

To the Editor:

Why did you publish “U.S. Experiments Caused Outbreak of Ebola, Delaware State Professor Claims” (The Chronicle, September 26)? These claims seem absurd on their face and you certainly should not have dangled them before the academic world without authenticating them. I am assuming you did not since there is no discussion included. The Washington Post labeled the claims “semi-intelligible,” so why did you propagate them? If you have evidence that such claims are true, then show us…

‘We Need to Entrust Our Student-Athletes with More Responsibility’

To the Editor:

“Athletics Advisers’ Ethical Dilemma” (The Chronicle, October 24) describes a prominent issue facing colleges across the nation: the ethics of intercollegiate athletics. While the article scratches the surface of issues related to student-athletes, academics, and ethics, a key part of the discussion is left out: the students. It stipulates that to curb issues of fraudulence in academics, colleges should place athletic advising offices under the supervision of academic administrato…

Utah State U. Should Have Done More When Speaker Was Threatened

To the Editor:

“When Guns Come to Campus, Security and Culture Can Get Complicated” (The Chronicle, October 16) brought up concerns regarding how we frame problems of campus safety in higher education.

The response by Utah State University in this situation was insufficient, but even The Chronicle seemed to sympathize with the institution. After receiving an emailed threat that declared an intention to use multiple guns and “a collection of pipe bombs” to kill a guest speaker, Anita Sarkeesi…

‘Ferpa Has Been Misused by Colleges’

To the Editor:

It is not to cast aside concerns about Ferpa in order to be more transparent, it is about protecting the victim, defendant, student and the entire campus community. “For Colleges, Student-Privacy Law Can Be Obligation and a Shield” (The Chronicle, October 22) describes how colleges often pick and choose when to disclose information, using Ferpa as their reasoning as to why they cannot comment nor disclose information on a student case.

Colleges do tend to be cautious as to when an…

Race and Guns: ‘Could You Be Any More Inconsistent?’

To the Editor:

Last week the comments for Dear White People: A New Movie About Race on Campus Is, Sadly, Spot-On” were closed after only fifteen posts (The Chronicle, October 16). It was later explained to me by the letters editor that the comments were closed “when they began to get out of hand.”

This week Jennifer Sinor’s “Guns on Campus Have Already Curtailed Free Speech” (October 27) garnered over 300 comments, many of them insulting, in less than 24 hours, and the comments just keep coming…

Athletes Should Be Treated Like All Other Students

To the Editor:

“At U. of Florida, More Questions Than Answers as Rape Charges Are Dropped” (The Chronicle, October 13) and “Colleges Walk A Fine Line When Athletes Are Accused of Sexual Assault” (October 9) outlines the issues around how universities react to sexual assault when it comes to athletes, specifically the case of Treon Harris.

These articles challenge readers to ask themselves: How do universities handle sexual-assault cases with student athletes, by rash action or due process? The…

UNC Scandal: Is It Time For Higher Standards and More Regular Audits?

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to the article “Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill’s Academic Fraud is Laid Bare” (The Chronicle, October 23). One of the last sentences of this article questioned how the values of academics and athletics could ever coexist. As a former student-athlete and a current administrator at a Division I program, questions like this sadden me. Widespread public stories regarding academic fraud and issues in college athletics shine a bad light on the student-athlet…

NCAA Needs to Assess How Teams Teach About Head Injuries

To the Editor:

According to “Many Athletes Receive Little Education on Concussion” (The Chronicle, October 21), many National Collegiate Athletic Association colleges do not have a formal process for educating student athletes about the dangers of head injuries. Recent findings published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that several institutions were not complying with the concussion policy put forth by the NCAA, and other related studies found that schools that did have a co…

Co-Curricular Programs Help Prepare Students for Today’s Challenges

To the Editor:

After reading “Hammer, Nails, and Software Bring Thoreau Alive” (The Chronicle, October 17), I was thrilled to read about a faculty member’s hand-on approach to learning. By having his students build a cabin similar to one in the book, Professor Ed Gillin was able was able to bridge the gap between literary themes and practical application. This hands-on approach resonated with me because it demonstrates the potential for co-curricular programs.

Universities need to place a grea…