President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators have proposed separate immigration reform measures to help illegal immigrants who are studying in the United States attain citizenship and allow international students to remain in the country to work after graduating from American universities, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. These plans aim to accelerate the processes of granting green cards and citizenship to “dreamers” students who were brought into the US as children. Neither plan indicates whether these students would be eligible for federal financial aid. Immigrant students, however, now qualify for deferred action, which allows them to apply for work permits rather than deportation, following a change in policy by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in June. Since August, nearly 4,000 students a day have applied for this reprieve, according The Chronicle.
Members of Yale University’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility said Thursday that they would look into divesting endowment funds from the fossil fuel industry, the Yale Daily News reported. Students from the Yale Student Environmental Coalition said they hope to work with administrators to craft a plan of action. The students applied ethical frameworks to the issue of fossil fuels, consulting “The Ethical Investor,” a book that the committee had previously consulted for Yale’s divestment guidelines. If the ACIR agrees with the students’ proposal, the case will be recommended to Yale Corporation’s Committee on Investor Responsibility, which will make the final decision on divestment. Members of the YSEC and Fossil Free Yale delivered a 45-minute presentation to the advisory committee last Thursday on a divestment report they began drafting during the fall semester.
Barnard College, a women’s college affiliated with Columbia University, adopted a Good Samaritan policy on Jan. 28 that Columbia implemented last fall, the Columbia Spectator reported. The policy grants students immunity from disciplinary action when seeking medical attention for themselves or peers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For many years, Barnard’s administrators have followed this policy, but it was unknown to many students because it was not written out. Columbia Emergency Medical Services has received more calls since the implementation of the policy, indicating that students have been receptive to its help provisions. Students who use the Good Samaritan policy are required to seek counseling and complete an alcohol and substance awareness program assessment after they receive medical aid.