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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Current Events, Disability Services posted: Nov, 19th 2020

The Urgent Need to Support Disabled Uni. Students

2020 marks the anniversaries of critical legislation for the disabled community: 50th anniversary of the UK Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act and the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. All combined, both acts have enhanced equitability and access for those with disabilities across the UK striving to protect and support the disabled community. […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Advising, Best Practices, Student Conduct, Tips and Tricks posted: Nov, 18th 2020

UK Uni Students on the ‘Brink of a Mental Health Crisis’

The UK has been in strict lockdown since November 5, with a looming release possible in early December. However, the lockdown means students at universities are unable to return home during term, and isolated in their dorms or university accommodations. However, even prior to the UK-wide lockdown, there has been growing frustration among students at […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Advising, Best Practices, Career Services, CSM, Events, Student Engagement, Tips and Tricks posted: Nov, 13th 2020

Symplicity Convenes Panel of Experts on ‘Strategies for Serving Minority Student Groups & Challenges for Underserved Students’

On November 10, for our second installment of the CSM Symposium Series, we invited four experts in higher education for a panel entitled “Strategies for Serving Minority Student Groups & Challenges for Underserved Students.” Bringing decades of combined experience, our panel included: Kacheyta McClellan, MBA, CA, Alicia Monroe, Ed.D., Bless Vaidian, MSW, and Nichelle Womble, M.S.Ed., joined by moderator Jill Fritz, Symplicity CSM Client Manager. The panelists came […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Career Services posted: Nov, 9th 2020

How Career Services Can Re-Build Confidence in UK Students

As the 2020 fall semester winds down for university students across the globe, worries about the career prospects loom in the wake of COVID-19 for recent university graduates. Dubbed the “Corona Class,” university graduates are now going to be turning to career services staff at UK higher ed institutions to help them. According to the […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Student Conduct posted: Oct, 29th 2020

As COVID-19 Moves Students to Self Isolate on Campus, Worries of Sexual Assault Rise

While universities in the UK, and around the globe, continue to navigate how to keep their students safe from COVID-19, new concerns have risen on how UK universities handle sexual violence amid the pandemic. As students across the UK are having to self isolate in their residential halls, students and university officials are concerned that […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Student Conduct posted: Oct, 20th 2020

The Clery Act Handbook Gets a New Look

On Friday, October 16, the Department of Education replaced its long-standing guidance for how colleges should record and report campus crimes to the Department through the Clery Act. The 265-page Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting will be replaced with a 13-page addendum to the handbook. Signed in 1990, the Clery Act has served […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Current Events, Disability Services posted: Oct, 14th 2020

COVID-19 Underscores Why Student Accessibility Is Now More Important Than Ever

COVID-19 has upended every aspect of our daily lives from how we interact, how we learn, and how we work. For higher education institutions the challenges of providing education and services to students virtually involved faculty/staff navigating a steep learning curve on how to provide content without face-to-face interaction. Yet, initially faculty/staff defaulted to doing […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Current Events posted: Oct, 13th 2020

The Importance of Campus Testing, Tracking, and Reporting on COVID-19

As the fall semester pushes through one of the most unusual times in higher education, many colleges and universities that have opted for an in-person semester have not only had to face the changes to in-person teaching and services, but also COVID-19 testing and outbreaks. Two out of three colleges with in-person classes have either […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Student Conduct, Student Engagement posted: Oct, 9th 2020

COVID-19 Best Practices for Student Conduct 

All universities are navigating the new terrain of a different campus life with a global pandemic impacting our everyday lives. Student conduct offices are finding ways to enforce student behavior from social distancing, mask wearing, and other measures that are now common practice to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a result, student conduct staff members are facing unprecedented concerns on how to enforce […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Student Conduct posted: Sep, 24th 2020

The Impact of Sexual Assault at UK Universities

Recently UK universities have come under fire on ways they mishandle incidents of sexual assault allegations against students, staff, and even professors. Assault allegations at UK universities have received increased attention across the UK with various universities refusing to investigate allegations made by students and mounting pressure on UK universities to address sexual misconduct on […]


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