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Reinstate Coach Lauren Paul
  • Petitioned Dr. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College

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Dr. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College

Reinstate Coach Lauren Paul

    1. Petition by

      Kamissa Mort

On April 10, 2012 Coach Lauren "LP" Paul was dismissed from her position as head coach of the Franklin & Marshall College women's lacrosse team. Her untimely removal was unjust, poorly investigated and, at its core, a cowardly attempt to appease a small group at the expense of a carefully nurtured, successful and well-loved team/family. Paul is being used as a scapegoat because F&M would rather fire her under false allegations than commit to a real conversation about hazing and college athletics.

Sign this petition if you:

1) Agree that Paul's removal was unfair, unjust and without due process.

2) Want to see F&M lacrosse restored to its status as a top-notch program, under the leadership of beloved coach, Lauren Paul.

3) Believe in the power of "YEER" and believe in the devotion and honor of its creator, Lauren Paul.

Our ultimate goal is to make F&M responsible to both its students and employees. We demand a formal and transparent process be created and uniformly implemented before any administrator, teacher or coach be dismissed from his or her employment. A thorough investigation and opportunity to confront allegations made against Diplomat staff are critical to protecting the reputation of our school. Ben Franklin and John Marshall would expect no less of their namesake.


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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Wright MONKTON, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      My daughter was a potential recruit to play at F&M, and during that process Coach Paul was a consummate professional. I have no first-hand knowledge of this situation; however, from what I have read it appears to contradict the ethics of due process. The actions of F&M seem duplicitous; How is it the players were offered reinstatement, but the coaches were not? This action may have soiled several accomplished professionals' good names for apparently no good reason. Coach Paul deserves an explanation of why this occurred., and if not for good reason, she and the other coaches deserve more fair treatment. I wish I had known of this site sooner, and encourage others' comments. "All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

    • Stanley Cheslock GREENWICH, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      The best Institutions quickly rectify their mistakes. Do not let F&M be another Duke.

      This is a time for the Trustees to show their Leadership and do what is right.

    • Jeff O'Donnell STANLEY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      My daughter attended both junior days and camps at F &M and our dealings with Coach Paul were nothing but positive.

    • Lisa McKillop HIGHLAND, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Transparency is needed here!

    • Sam Ruchlewicz READING, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a proud and involved F&M alumnus, I am ashamed of the way in which this entire situation was handled. F&M has always preached the virtues of transparency, inclusion, and equality. Yet in this case, all of those were thrown to the wind in favor of expedience. Under John Fry, this never would have happened (and when he faced a hazing incident in the Greek community, he responded with a comprehensive investigation and a plan to address the root causes of the incident).

      Dr. Porterfield needs to learn to be a stronger leader. I commend his desire to protect the students, but he must realize that true leadership means protecting the whole College (including Coach Paul). All of his inspiring lectures on the importance of social justice lose their luster when he fails to practice what he preaches.

      If, after a transparent and comprehensive investigation, the administration decides to dismiss Coach Paul, that's fine. But skirting due process in favor of expedience is unacceptable. Period.


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