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08/10/2017
Basic Food and Housing Security
By Tod Massa
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I am at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Policy Conference in Minneapolis. Tomorrow the conference closes with Sara Goldrick-Rab. Sara will be talking about her book "Paying the Price" and why we must make college affordable. Earlier this week she spoke at the Digital Pedagogy Lab hosted at the University of Mary Washington. Her comments are here and I want to draw attention to this suggested text for course syllabi:

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Dean of Students for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable her to provide any resources that she may possess.

Is there any reason Virginia institutions can't or shouldn't include this or similar language on every single course syllabus? 



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