SUNY New Paltz - Demand for Radical Transparency

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The students of SUNY New Paltz are dissatisfied with the current actions of the administration. We acknowledge that this is a difficult time, but as students we require not only a physically safe learning environment, but one which promotes and protects emotional and mental well-being. We are not saying mental health should take precedence over a physically safe learning environment, but that they should be treated as equal. The following is a list of actions that would be conducive to creating a better learning environment:

  1. Mind Body and Spirit days must be reconfigured to provide a legitimate sense of respite for students, such as long weekends i.e. Saturday through Monday or Friday through Sunday.
    • Professors should not expect work to be done on these days. These days should serve as a break, not a work period. 
  2. The Pass / Fail grading option should be reinstated as long as the school is operating during the pandemic. This would operate as it did in the Spring 2020 semester. 
    • A level of understanding must be had for students during this time, and the same level of work cannot be expected. 
    • A more empathetic mindset must be given greater precedence. Our mental and physical health must be prioritized when designing a condensed semester.
       
  3. Professors must be better informed on how to use the technology provided to them. They must also be better trained in online teaching methods. 
    • Previously, professors were required to take a class in online learning prior to teaching any online classes. This should be reinstated. 
    • An accessible education should be provided to professors on any technology they are required to use, and this time should be compensated. 
  4. We need radical transparency on the fees we pay and what they are applied to. 
    • We are looking for an itemized bill with a detailed and accurate breakdown of where money paid to the school is directed. This eliminates room for questioning and confusion, therefore allowing students to make informed decisions about the value of their education. 
    • This should be made public, and listed on the school’s website as well as included in our invoice for viewing. 


BY SIGNING THIS PLEDGE, WE THE STUDENTS OF THE SUNY NEW PALTZ CAMPUS HENCEFORTH REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE FINANCIALLY IN THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY UNTIL CHANGE IS INSTITUTED BY ADMINISTRATION.

 

Signed,

THE GROVE COLLECTIVE

Dom Torrez (she/they)

Hunter Lypen (he/they)

Will Galarneau (they/them)

Benn Cook (he/him)

Naomi Hertz (they/them)