Let Hillsdale College students go back to campus to finish up the academic year

Let Hillsdale College students go back to campus to finish up the academic year

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Jacquelyn Eubanks started this petition to Dr. Larry Arnn

Dr. Arnn,

I am a Michigan resident, and I received news that Governor Whitmer has cancelled all K-12 public schooling for the rest of the academic year. I have also heard she has extended the statewide lockdown until April 30th. In one of my classes, a student whose parent is a Hillsdale professor said she believed it was very likely on-campus school would be suspended for the rest of the year. I write to you as a last semester senior to beg you to let us come back.I understand that the health and safety of the student body is your highest concern, but I know you believe, and you have taught us students to believe, in freedom. In the right to exercise our conscience. In the Constitutional right to free assembly. To freely exercise our good judgment, which we have worked on molding during our time as students here. And, as you know, and as Churchill knew, some things are worth doing, event at great risk.

I do not believe there is a serious health risk to the young, healthy student body, nor to most of the professors, who are also in good health. But even if there may be a "serious" health risk, please grant us the opportunity to exercise our capacity to judge situations and choose for ourselves the best course of action. Those students who know they are at risk will likely continue to stay home, but I believe most of us are longing to return. We know the cost. We would rather live than simply exist. We are free adults who would like to exercise that freedom. We would rather live free and risk contracting COVID-19 than continue submitting to an over-authoritarian government that seeks to restrict us "for our own good". We would rather live free and risk contracting the virus than merely exist, at home, or alone, neither freely assembling nor taking a worthwhile risk. Education, friendship, and Hillsdale College are worth the risk. Please allow us to return to conclude the academic year. Yours truly, 

the Undersigned. 

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