Save the Suffolk University library!
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We the students, alumni, and staff of Suffolk University oppose the unilateral decision to permanently shut down half of the fourth floor of the Mildred F. Sawyer library. We are disappointed in the University's lack of communication with the students about this extremely impactful issue.
The University administration has decided to replace half of the fourth floor of the library with an office for the new "INTO" program. Furniture and other items from the 4th floor will be moved to other floors replacing tables and other areas for students to work, further reducing the capacity to access academic workspaces.
The fourth floor of the library, the quiet floor, is an important part of academic life at Suffolk University. With a library that is already too small for the undergraduate student body and frequently over capacity, it is essential that we defend our right to access academic workspaces.
There are virtually no other places on campus a student may go to complete academic work. A decision to shut down half of the 4th floor will have an especially detrimental impact on commuter students, who rely on these spaces to complete work and simply spend time in-between classes.
We ask the University administration to reconsider this decision before an integral part of our campus life is permanently damaged. We would like to see the INTO office moved to a different location on campus, see the contract that Suffolk University has made with INTO, and meet with us, the students, to discuss this change that would have a deep impact on our academic success.
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