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Headlines for Sept. 16, 2021


The Toronto Star
Ontario directs universities to strengthen sexual assault reporting policies

Ontario colleges and universities have until the end of next March to improve their sexual violence policies so that students who come forward with allegations cannot themselves be disciplined and won’t be asked questions about their past by school investigators.

Newstalk 1290 CJBK
Ontario annoucnes supports for students reporting sexual violence as schools investigate allegations, threats

As Western University continues to investigate online allegations of sexual assaults at a first-year residence, the Ontario government has announced new supports for students who report sexual violence.

The Globe and Mail
University of Western Ontario students call for change following allegations of sexual violence on campus

Students at the University of Western Ontario are calling for systemic change to address the threat of sexual violence on campus after allegations that young women were drugged and sexually assaulted in residence last week.

Global News
Western University partners with Anova to offer counselling amid social media reports of sexual assault, drugging

Western University is working with Anova to run drop-in counselling and peer support for students as stories come out of sexual assault and gender-based violence on campus.

The Toronto Star
Sexual violence at Western University isn’t new

Over the last few years, sexual violence on Canadian university campuses has been of increasing concern.

The Toronto Star
Western University students eye walkout amid school year’s troubling start

Students at Western University are planning a walkout Friday to demand action against sexual violence on campus amid swirling speculation over assaults at a first-year residence.

CTV News
‘I needed to do something’: Western University students plan walkout amid sexual assault allegations

Students at Western University are planning to walk out of classes Friday as London, Ont. police investigate allegations of sexual assault at a first-year residence.

The Toronto Star
Quebec universities have seen cases of plagiarism double since the start of the pandemic

“Students gave the same answers everywhere, including the wrong answers.“ The details of certain cases of plagiarism reported by Polytechnique Montréal sometimes make you smile, but they reflect a reality experienced by many universities.

Times Higher Education
Cost of degrees shifted onto students as participation soars

Public investment in higher education falling in many OECD countries, says Education at a Glance.

Times Higher Education
How many international students is too many?

The pandemic has exposed some anglophone universities’ financial over-reliance on overseas students. But if internationalisation takes a step back in the coming years, how much will be lost pedagogically? And will anything be gained?

The Charlatan
Carleton students design award-winning concept to help visually impaired people

The clothing people choose to wear can be an important part of their identity, according to Chiara Del Gaudio, an assistant professor and program coordinator at the School of Industrial Design.

1st-year enrolment at Sudbury’s Laurentian University down 33%

Enrolment of first-year students at Sudbury’s Laurentian University dropped by about 33 per cent this fall compared to the same period last year, although universities provincewide have seen a slight rise in newcomers, according to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

Winnipeg Free Press
‘They actively tried to sweep this under the rug’

BU’s handling of allegations against coach condemned.

Global News
University of Lethbridge students, professor on getting more young people to vote in federal election

According to Elections Canada, the 18-24 age group had the lowest voter turnout in the 2019 federal election at 53.9 per cent.

Global News
The latest on campus at the University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan president Peter Stoicheff joins Global News Morning as more than 27,000 students return to class and the Huskies are back in action.

U of C, MRU cancel in-person classes for rest of the week after new COVID rules announced

The University of Calgary and Mount Royal University are among multiple Alberta post-secondaries cancelling all in-person classes for the remainder of this week, in response to the provincial government implementing new COVID-19 restrictions and declaring a state of emergency.

Global News
Some Queen’s staff worry about class sizes as COVID-19 case counts rise among students

As COVID-19 cases among university students rise, along with large street parties continuing in the University District, concerns about student crowding on campus are rising too.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S masking policy extended; events to require vaccine proof or negative test

The University of Saskatchewan Council will meet this week and receive updates on the university’s finances and COVID-19 measures, along with a host of other business on the agenda tied to the kickoff the 2021-22 fall term.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix
U of S, City of Saskatoon launch four practical research projects

The partnership, called Research Junction, gives researchers the ability to access city resources while providing city staff with analysis and data.

The PIE News
Four in 10 universities expecting international undergrad enrolment rises

Some 41% of universities around the world are expecting an increase in their international undergraduate enrolment for the 2021/22 academic year, research has suggested.

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