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Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR News National Desk correspondent based in Boston.

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Campuses Cautious As They Adjust To New Sexual Assault Guidelines

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:31:00 -0400

New federal guidelines for handling allegations of sexual assault have left many school administrators either vowing to maintain current policies or scrambling to figure out what to do.

Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:22:00 -0400

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be using some compromise plans devised by outside groups as a model for balancing the rights of alleged victims and accused students.

Betsy DeVos Signals Rollback Of Obama Policies On Campus Sexual Assault

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The education secretary has signaled she wants to make significant changes to how schools handle allegations, to ensure the process is fair to accused students.

For 22 Years, Boston Arena Broke Promise To Hold 3 Fundraisers A Year

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

As part of the deal to build TD Garden, its owner agreed to hold at least three charity events a year to support youth recreation. The teens are demanding that the Garden now pay millions.

Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The American Jewish community has been unsettled by the re-emergence of vocal anti-Semitism, largely believed to be a feature of the nation's past.

New Campaign Teaches How To Help When A Muslim Is Harassed

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:45:00 -0400

The city of Boston has started a campaign to encourage bystanders to not just "say something" to authorities but to do something themselves.

After Assault, Some Campuses Focus On Healing Over Punishment

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

College and university administrators are increasingly open to the concept of "restorative justice," becoming less dismissive of the idea that it's too soft on sexual assault.

As White Supremacists Push Onto Campuses, Schools Wrestle With Response

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:32:00 -0400

College students and administrators around the nation are trying to figure out how to best respond to a spike in white supremacist activity on campuses.

Fighting Hate In Schools

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0400

Hate is on the rise in U.S. schools. For students and educators, that means finding new ways to promote tolerance and inclusion.

White House Pressures Municipalities To Crack Down On Immigration Enforcement

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Massachusetts' high court is to hear a case that could determine how much local authorities can help federal efforts. Localities say they can't detain people just because the feds ask them to.

Late Season Snowstorm Clobbers Northeast

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

A late-season storm has been crippling travel and knocking out power across the region. The hardest hit areas will likely be digging out of more than 2 feet of snow before the storm tapers off.

DHS To Help Jewish Community Centers Enhance Security Protocols

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:01:00 -0500

Across the nation, Jewish Community Centers have been targeted by threatening calls and vandalism. Now, they may be getting help.

Massachusetts Hotline Tracks Post-Election Hate

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:47:00 -0500

More than 250 "substantive reports" of harassment and hate incidents have flooded in since November. Although perpetrators are hard to identify, the hotline also serves to provide support to victims.

When Dating In The Era Of Divisive Politics, Both Sides Stick To Themselves

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:42:00 -0500

Many singles are using their dating profiles to say they're not interested in dating people who don't share their political preference. Politically segregated dating websites are booming.

Universities Grapple With Trump's Executive Order On Immigration

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:37:00 -0500

Colleges and universities are concerned about the implications of President Trump's executive order barring people from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.