Remove Liberty University influence and Falwell name from The University of Lynchburg.

Remove Liberty University influence and Falwell name from The University of Lynchburg.

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Concerned Hornets started this petition to The President of the University of Lynchburg and the Board of Trustees

The University of Lynchburg is independent and distinct from the values and mission of Liberty University. Over the past several years Liberty has encroached on the decision making process of the University of Lynchburg. Examples of this include but are not limited to the following:

1. A terrace has been named for Jerry Falwell Sr.

2. The University of Lynchburg has accepted gifts and money from Liberty University valued at 1 million dollars. 

3. Chaplins and professors may have been silenced on campus so as to appease Liberty. 

4. University of Lynchburg Students have been housed in Liberty dorms and teams have shared facilities.  

In honor of our core values that run contrary to those at Liberty we have hope that a change will be made. We urge the incoming University of Lynchburg President Alison Morrison-Shetlar and the Board of Trustees--in keeping with our history, our alumni, our professors past and present, and particularly for our community members of color and those identifying as LGBTQ--to do the following:

1. Affirm the right of free speech and assembly at the University of Lynchburg, as well as support diversity of thought and expression on campus. 

2. Remove the Falwell name from the new terrace and campus. 

3. Stop receiving money and gifts of any kind from Liberty. 

4. End the University of Lynchburg's relationship with Liberty unless for purely academic experiences and in rare circumstances. 

We expect this to happen before students arrive on campus in mid August. Students of many generations have chosen UofL as their home because it is a "College that changes lives." They did not sign up for an institution that upholds (or is perceived to uphold) the damaging ideology of Jerry Falwell Sr.. We look forward to a bright, vibrant future for the University of Lynchburg. This is a step in the right direction. 

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