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CFPB, DOE, Treasury Issue Joint Statement on Student Loan Servicing

A new Joint Statement issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, and Department of the Treasury presents a framework to standardize student loan servicing practices across the various federal and private borrowing programs. The agencies expect the new principles will guide rulemaking for better servicing practices and, ... Read More

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Campuses Debate Rising Demands for 'Comfort Animals'

Rachel Brill and Mary McCarthy are seniors and longtime roommates at St. Mary's College of Maryland. This year, they share their four-bedroom campus apartment with two other female students. Also, Theo and Carl. Theo, easygoing and unflappable, is a tawny, 103-pound, longhaired German shepherd. Carl, an energetic charm magnet, is ... Read More

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UVa Had 'Basis' for Sexually Hostile Environment, Education Dept. Finds

After a years-long investigation of sexual assault at the University of Virginia, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that "a basis for a hostile environment" existed at the university as recently as 2012. Among the department's findings, enumerated in a 26-page letter: The university did not have policies compliant with ... Read More

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