Request for Advising Inquiry and Change at The College of Performing Arts Drama Department

Request for Advising Inquiry and Change at The College of Performing Arts Drama Department

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Jane Doe started this petition to The New School and

The atmosphere at The New School’s College of Performing Arts advising is one of distrust, hopelessness, and confusion. In some cases, this has caused some students to remove themselves from the school to maintain their mental health and physical wellbeing. 

When many of us were admitted to The New School, we were ecstatic about living in one of the world’s best cities, learning subjects that we adore, and progressing our academic careers. Instead, our experiences have been hindered by lack of support, miscommunication, and blatant disrespect. These problems have existed long before the pandemic but have become aggravated in today’s current climate. 

We need help urgently because our dozens of emails and surveys (that the school sent out) have not been recognized. Our concerns have been disregarded by CoPA and Student Success. The New School has allowed for this insufficient advisory experience to continue despite our feedback to the administration. We request additional academic and logistical support. One advisor for an entire department is insufficient. Only Ms. Lavia can alter our class registrations and educational careers; a program of this caliber and expense should provide a more serious advising program. 

We demand administrative action to be taken immediately and we eagerly await your response about what actions you will be taking to address our grievances.

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