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Kent State University has one of the largest programs in American Sign Language in the nation, in one of the largest Deaf Communities. This information comes directly from the University's own website. However Kent State is discriminating against Deaf teachers, students, and the greater Deaf community by changing their rules so that studying American Sign Language at the main campus will only be open to students choosing to major or minor in the language beginning in the fall of 2011. This is a grave injustice to both the students and to the Deaf community. American Sign Language is one of the most common languages spoken in this country, second only to English and Spanish. By closing the program off to students that are not studying for a career in ASL, Kent State University is barring students from learning a valuable language that is desired throughout the country in many different fields, not just Deaf education. Class numbers have been greatly reduced. No other program in the Modern and Classical Languages Department has faced the restriction of their enrollment to students pursuing a degree in the language. The ASL program has been singled out in that aspect, and that is why we feel that this is discriminatory action against the Deaf community and culture. Join us in telling Kent State that enough is ENOUGH! Save the American Sign Language program now!