President Obama signed the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act today, as part of the Violence Against Women Act. It’s been three years since the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism published an investigation that found sexual assaults remain seriously underreported and many women still face barriers to notifying authorities at University of Wisconsin campuses.
A decade ago, Thomas Murphy was a college dropout who used alcohol and drugs to deal with undiagnosed depression. Therapy made the difference for him. But he can’t receive it at school. When he re-enrolled at UW-Madison and went to the counseling center, he walked out with no appointment and a list of referrals.
Murphy’s story underscores a national dilemma: a surge in students seeking intensive counseling and psychiatric care, which college mental health centers often lack resources to provide.
A for-profit college that is providing online classes without approval in Wisconsin was ordered Thursday by state regulators to immediately stop enrolling students in the state or face possible fines of up to $500 a day.