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Although students saw nearly twice as many crime alerts this semester than the last, in general, crime at Rutgers is declining, said Kenneth Cop, the executive director of Public Safety and chief of University Police.“If you looked at the academic year '15 and '16 compared to '16 and '17, you’ll see a 39 percent decrease in serious crime that resulted in crime alerts.
Nearly 59 percent of Rutgers students graduate in four years and 80.2 percent graduate in six, according to Courtney McAnuff, the vice president of Enrollment Management at Rutgers.McAnuff broke the numbers down by demographics and said that in six years, 70 percent of Hispanic students will graduate, 81 percent of white students, more than 80 percent of Asian students and more than 70 pecent of Black students will all receive their degree.These numbers are all above the national average for public universities, which reflects well on the Rutgers student body, McAnuff said.“New Brunswick is really selective and many of our students work, very few can afford to go full time without other income, so this reflects really well on the students here,” he said.McAnuff said that financial issues are what get a lot of Rutgers students in trouble, and many students are not aware of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement, and the consequences that dropping a lot of classes could have.“Satisfactory Academic Progress is a requirement for all students receiving federal, state or University assistance while enrolled at Rutgers.
Approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime, according to the Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA).Brady Root, the prevention education coordinator of the VPVA, said the office exists to provide support to and stand alongside victims of sexual violence regardless of how they choose to proceed.“Our goal is that you shouldn’t have to feel alone like you’re being questioned and have no one on your side.
Last Saturday a crowd formed in the School of Management and Labor Relations building to hear from some of New Jersey’s candidates for lieutenant governor in regard to the future of healthcare.The healthcare forum was sponsored by the New Jersey Universal Healthcare Coalition (NJUHC).“NJUHC exists to build the movement in support of 'Medicare for All' at both the federal and state levels,” said Tom Knoche, the event organizer and member of the coalition."Medicare for All," a bill introduced by Sen.
Twenty-million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Organization.At Rutgers, the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) is back after a period of inactivity last year, said Holly Chok, the organization’s president and School of Arts and Sciences junior."We are looking to promote awareness about eating disorders, advocate for resources, let students know about the resources available on campus and destigmatize it in general," Chok said.Chok said that it was difficult to get the organization active again, and the process included sending a lot of emails and a lot of waiting, but the group was able to make a return at the involvement fair this fall.“It’s a bit of a process because you have to have three members who will definitely be in the e-board.
Students and members of the Rutgers community helped out at Scarlet Knights Team Up to Clean Up event this past Sunday by picking up garbage and debris around campus.Caryn Washington, the assistant director of Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, launched the Scarlet Knights Team Up to Clean Up pilot program in the Fall of 2016, as an initiative focused on cleanups after football games in an attempt to foster a cleaner environment, she said in an email.“Our philosophy is whether you are a commuter, an on-campus resident or an off-campus resident, we are all a part of this community and should work together to keep our community clean,” Washington said.Ashley Morris, a Service Day intern with Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships and a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, reiterated that opinion.Team Up to Clean Up is very important because students live on and off campus, and considering that the off-campus area is so close to on-campus, it is important to keep our neighbors in mind, Morris said.“It reminds us to respect their properties and their homes just as much as you would want yours respected as well,” she said.Washington said that Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships teams up with volunteers and people such as Donna Caputo, the recycling coordinator for the City of New Brunswick, in order to make these cleanups possible.“It sounds simple enough, let’s go out and pick up litter.
Ninety percent of New Jerseyans believe that receiving arts education in the classroom is important, according to the Arts Ed NJ poll, conducted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics.According to the poll, half or more of residents believe arts education is just as important as other subjects, including English language arts at 53 percent, science at 50 percent, social studies at 56 percent, computer science at 49 percent, health and physical education at 56 percent and world languages at 54 percent.The poll was carried out through telephone surveys, and 714 interviews were conducted and completed among adults in New Jersey, said Ashley Koning, manager of the Rutgers-Eagleton poll.“Rutgers-Eagleton polls are our statewide public opinion polls of New Jersey, which we’ve been doing since 1971.
The demand for mental health services on college campuses has increased in recent years, according to a USA Today College article.According to the 2014-2015 report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, as cited in the article, between 2009 and 2015 college enrollment rose by 5.6%, the number of students seeking mental health services rose by 29.6% and the number actually attending appointments went up by 38.4%.Every year the Center for Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at Rutgers is also tasked with an ever increasing influx of students requesting mental health services, said Keisha Dabrowski, special assistant to the vice chancellor at Rutgers.“In the 2016-2017 academic year, CAPS offered nearly 30,000 visits serving over 4,000 students.
Bettering campus connectivity, enhancing strategic academic initiatives and focusing on student life are three of the driving forces behind the Rutgers Physical Master Plan, according to the Rutgers 2030 Volume 1: New Brunswick report.“This was a planning process that started in 2013 and it created the long term physical version for Rutgers University.
On Feb. 23, USA Today reported on a survey from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which looked into the growth of "Bias Response Teams” on college campuses and their impact on free speech.Bias response teams are described as "collectives of administrators, faculty and other college officials.
On Wednesday afternoon, The Center for Race and Ethnicity presented "Muslims in America: A Conversation," with the goal of educating Rutgers students about what it means to be Muslim in present-day America.This two-hour forum focused on creating a conversation among students.
Two Rutgers students and one administrator participated in the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement conference at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. The event began on Feb.