Give Students a Break at Appalachian State

Give Students a Break at Appalachian State

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Riley Cullen started this petition to Sheri Everts and

Students at Appalachian State University have been given one day off since the fall semester started (Labor Day). Due to this, coupled with a heavy online workload, living in a pandemic, and other extenuating circumstances, students' mental health is rapidly deteriorating. They were not even given a day to mourn following the death of a fellow Mountaineer, Chad Dorrill. Now, the university has canceled Spring Break for students. Given that, in the fall semester, students are desperate to have a moment to recharge and refuel, a break should be in order for the spring semester. 

Appalachian already has a serious problem concerning the mental health and well being of its students. There are suicide attempts and a lack of adequate counseling on campus. No break, which many students use as a respite, will further exacerbate the decline of students' mental health. Studies have shown that spring and fall breaks allow students to get much-needed rest and leads to them doing better both in school and mentally when returning to campus. College students report higher stress than that of any other group in a normal year. Now, with threatening conditions surrounding them, and a feeling of a lack of support from the institution itself, these stress levels have risen. Students consistently report that breaks help them relieve stress, which can lead to less anxiety and fewer mental health issues. 

We are calling on Appalachian State University to care about their students and recognize that their mental health is a priority. By allowing students to have a break, they will have better academic performance and improve their general well-being. 

View the academic calendar here: https://registrar.appstate.edu/sites/default/files/2020-2021_academic_calendar_revised_covid19.pdf

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