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13 Reasons Why: Psychological Costs for Vulnerable Kids

By Deborah Offner, PhD Associate, Center for Student Affairs Policy (CSAPAL) Director of Student Life, The Commonwealth School As mom to a former “Wizards of Waverly Place” fan, and more recently, a Kygo fan myself, I’m pretty disappointed in Selena Gomez right now. Given that she herself has had notable struggles with depression and anxiety, […]

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Title IX and Trump/DeVos – What will happen under the new President and Secretary of Education?

By Matthew Colpitts Vice President for Services and Operations, Center for Student Affairs Policy (CSAPAL) Dean of Students, Interlochen Arts Academy [This  version of this article was also published on that author’s personal blog, mcolpitts.wordpress.com] In the wake of the Dear Colleague Letter issued by the Department of Justice and Department of Education on February […]

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Shifting School Cultures Around Marijuana Use: State Laws and School Policies

By Jake Sumner Associate, Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law (CSAPAL) Dean of Student Life, Upper School, Worcester Academy Abstract The culture around drug use for adolescents, teens, and young adults has shifted as state laws have either decriminalized or legalized the sale and use of marijuana to some extent. Twenty-six states have legalized […]

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Marijuana in Schools: Testing, Vaporizers, and Community Education

By Tim Healy Senior Associate, Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law (CSAPAL) Dean of Students, Saint Mary’s School While the national press is rightfully centered on the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, many of our schools are battling against a rising tide of marijuana use and an ever-changing landscape of marijuana laws.  Combine that […]

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Affirmative Consent

Affirmative Consent By Sandra Miles, PhD Senior Associate, Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law (CSAPAL) Dean of Students, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus A primary tool of Title IX educators and coordinators is the education and prevention efforts surrounding the concept of affirmative consent. While many of us were raised to understand that “no means no”, […]

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Federal Guidance for Campus Safety and Emergency Management

Federal Guidance for Campus Safety and Emergency Management By Matthew W. Colpitts Senior Associate, Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law (CSAPAL) Dean of Students for the Academy, Interlochen Center for the Arts Many leaders in higher education and K12 schools know that emergency management and preparedness is important to their institutions and the safety […]

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Teens and Cyber-Misconduct

Teens and Cyber-Misconduct By Tim Healy Senior Associate, Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law (CSAPAL) Dean of Students, Saint Mary’s School It seems that every day a new app or website comes online that exposes high school and college students to a new avenue of cyberbullying and cyber-misconduct.  Just as fast as Yik Yak […]

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