Are there any controversial issue found on college campuses and if you can, can you suggest a solution to it?
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Our local state university has battled back and forth with whether an addition to the hiring policy should be made that states a persons sexual orientation may not be considered with regard to hiring practices. The BIGALA and other student groups were very vocal in this. That frequently is what fixes problems--the willingness of our students to get involved.
There are dozens to choose from, actually. A short list/description:
1) Alcohol consumption on campuses - binge drinking and its effects on students' health and safety
2) Violence against women - campuses have a higher rate of attacks on women, both sexual and physical, than the general population. Campus safety is a big issue
3) Professor tenure - does it lock in the "deadwood" of ineffective teachers, or does it guarantee academic freedom?
4) The skyrocketing cost of tuition, and the number of people who cannot afford to go, or have to leave with their education partially finished. This also leaves some graduating students with crushing debt.
One controversial issue which has arisen in the past few years--and which was highlighted during the confirmation hearings of the latest Supreme Court Justice--is the banning of military recruiters on some college campuses. The reason recruiters want to be there is obvious: intelligent, motivated, college-age students are the prime candidates for the military. The problem of recruiters being overly aggressive may, indeed, be a valid issue on some campuses. The answer is not to ban them altogether but to restrict them to reasonable persuasive behavior (as, I presume, other organizations must be restricted) and then enforce those restrictions. Unless they refuse to conform to those guidelines, they should be allowed to talk to students on campus, just as any other group is allowed to do.
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