Allow Off-Campus Seniors In-Person Classes.

Allow Off-Campus Seniors In-Person Classes.

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Miriam Trujillo started this petition to CUA President President Garvey and

Dear CUA Administration,

While we do appreciate your goal to keep the CUA community safe from the spread of Covid-19, we feel that the exclusion of seniors from in-person classes is an unjust and unnecessary measure. You have laudably set up the classrooms to accommodate those who need to take their classes online. Excluding the seniors who prefer in-person classes diminishes the justice and clarity of the steps you have already taken.

Seniors, or any upperclassmen, who already have plans to live off campus are the most naturally spread-out demographic of the student body. Unlike underclassmen, they are not all crowded into tiny dorms and dining halls, and so they can social distance with ease all hours outside of the classroom.

Within the classroom, upperclassmen once again are the demographic least likely to help spread the virus. Their classes are far smaller and more specialized. Upperclassmen already know CUA's campus and routines quite well, and so they can take precautions unknown to others.

Seniors with off-campus housing have the power to minimize the harm their presence on campus may cause, but they also stand to gain so much more than other students. Senior classes are designed to be in-depth educational opportunities, the culmination of years studying in a particular field. For many seniors, the specificity of these final classes is the cream of the entire academic experience. It is a time to nourish one's mind, discover the joy in knowledge, and glory in one's newfound skillset. This acquisition of specific, hands-on knowledge used to be the whole reason University existed. Classes of these sort suffer greatly when relegated to a two dimensional environment. We will never get these opportunities back.

Furthermore, seniors have already committed three years to carefully cultivating their professional opportunities, their relationships, and their education. Senior year should be the year when all this hard work culminates and leads to a confident professional life. It's a crucial year to be active and it doesn't translate to the passivity of Zoom Academy.

With all of this in mind, we respectfully ask you to consider adding upperclassmen (or at least seniors) with off-campus housing to the list of those included on campus. We don't take up the space CUA needs to keep safe. We just want to benefit from the beautiful education CUA offers.

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