Carleton pilots online mental health service

Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services will be piloting Therapy Assisted Online (TAO)—an online self-help and mental health support program—over the course of the academic year. The platform provides online counselling and self-help modules to students unable or unwilling to go to the university’s Health and Counselling Services, according to Michelle Baulch, a TAO counsellor and assistant manager of student success and advising. She said Carleton launched the service in late October. According to Baulch, students requested the service and Carleton’s student mental health framework—which was updated last year—recommended online support. “We know that not all students need face-to-face counselling so, we really wanted to make sure that we were offering different kinds of support for different kinds of needs,” she […]

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Carleton enrolment ahead of provincial average

Carleton’s enrolment numbers have continued to increase, putting them 1.6 per cent ahead of the provincial average. The university has gained around 3.6 per cent additional full-time first-year students for the 2017-18 academic year, according to Suzanne Blanchard, Carleton vice-president (students and enrolment). According to Carleton’s website, there were 25,530 undergrad students and 4,043 graduate students in the 2016-17 academic year. This growth in the number of enrolled students spread across a variety of programs, including significant increases of 38 per cent in psychology, 16 per cent in health sciences, and 23 per cent in law and legal studies, Blanchard said in an email. This follows a trend of growth for the school over the last 10 years, in which […]

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BoG discusses sexual violence policy, neuroscience eviction at latest meeting

UPDATE: The Student Union Building referendum failed to pass on Dec. 8.  Carleton’s new Sexual Violence Policy (SVP) was approved at Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on Dec 1. Three of the four student representatives on the board voted against the policy. The countdown to the meeting was one that had been running for months: it was the day the board would finally vote on Carleton’s draft sexual violence policy, amongst other motions. Protestors gathered outside Richcraft Hall with signs half an hour before the meeting, armed with chants such as “Hey hey, ho ho, this draft has got to go,” and stayed for the first part of the meeting. The meeting began with a moment of silence for […]

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Approval of sexual violence policy spurs reaction

Students have reacted strongly to Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy (SVP), which was approved by the Board of Governors (BoG) on Dec. 1. Michael Bueckert, a graduate student representative on the BoG who voted against the policy, said it did not have student support. “I was very disappointed that the Board was not interested in listening to stakeholders and community groups who had been working on this issue and had expertise in this issue,” Bueckert said. “There are a number of ways in which these voices had been [unnecessarily] excluded from the meeting.” Carleton increased security outside Richcraft Hall, where the BoG meeting was held, due to a student-led protest outside the meeting. Samiha Rayeda, one of the protestors, said although […]

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Students respond to draft sexual violence policy

Carleton has received feedback from various campus stakeholders on the first draft of its standalone sexual violence policy, which was released to the public on Oct. 6. A student-written open letter that outlines five key recommendations for changes to the draft has been signed by individual members of the Carleton community and several student organizations, including the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and student representatives on the Board of Governors (BoG). As of Nov. 1, the letter has been signed by 45 student groups and 278 individuals. The letter recommends the draft be reviewed to clarify, expand, remove, and strengthen various parts of the policy. Specifically, the letter calls for the establishment of a review […]

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