Saved from Suspension From SUNY Purchase

Saved from Suspension From SUNY Purchase

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Hunter Hollingsworth started this petition to Trevor Duitz and

I am writing this because I cannot be kicked out of housing. This is my first time writing an appeal and hopefully it will be my last, if only the OCE would give me another chance to continue to live in housing.  For sometime now, I have been living in the campus housing community and it has been nothing but a convenient and fun loving experience for me. Whenever I wake up, and have a class that starts early in the morning, or whenever I have a class that ends late, I always go back to campus housing, because it is easier for me to get back and forth from my living space to my classes. It would be extremely difficult for me to commute back and forth to college. The journey there and back from home would be extremely taxing on my physical and mental health. The costs of the monthly passes for the bus and train are far out of my current economical reach.

 Growing up with Autism has been challenging. Many points in my life I have made mistakes due to my brain working differently than other people’s, but I am still standing today, proud of the many obstacles I have managed to overcome. From being able to leave the BOCES Special Education program in grade school, and “mainstreaming” into non special- ed classes, to being an independent student on a college campus, I have overcome many obstacles due to my autism with hard work and determination. With the help of certain accommodations, I was able to get through middle and high school very successfully. 

Like one of my friends said. It would be a great injustice to leave campus housing. I know how I used to act throughout my college experience, making certain mistakes and consequently learning from them, but I believe all of those mistakes have helped me become a better person.

Without accommodations, that sometimes I still feel I need, I have already managed to take some steps to change my behavior for the better. I will now go to the music building more often whenever I want to sing. I have been going there for quite some time now ever since I was given a special key to a private practice room by Curtis St. John, Director of Operations at the Conservatory of Music here at Purchase. I have been going there for, Rehearsals, singing Lessons etc. I believe that the SUNY Purchase Campus community is a very welcoming, and friendly community, and it is one that I enjoy participating in. I like to walk around and say hello to people, sometimes I will strike up conversation with them, and we ask each other how our days were and talk about fun stuff. With no one to say hi to, to talk to, to laugh with, to love, I think it would make my days a lot less bright than they are now. I have been through so much in my life since I have autism and my brain works differently than others, it doesn't make me any less determined to achieve what I want to achieve. 

I understand why the complaints leveled against me exist. Unfortunately, I was forced to move into a new room this semester in Wayback that is different from my old room. It is a single suite, with a lot of open space, and a lot of echo. I have been told by RA’s, Neighbors and friends that my voice is audible down the halls and even down the stairs, which I understand can be an issue. I don't ever scream in my room, because that would damage my voice, but I do like to laugh and talk in my room, since I have stopped singing in there. Because of the echo, and because of the vents, my voice carries throughout the building. I believe if I had an accommodation through the office of disability resources for more suitable housing, this issue could be resolved, and I could come away from this a new man with a valuable life lesson. I respect people and I try to be very mindful of the rules in place. No one deserves to be kicked out of Housing for doing what they love. Not even people like me. I have come too far in my life to be kicked out now. I have good grades and I have relationships with people. I talk to them whenever I get the chance. With the right help and the right accommodations, I believe SUNY Purchase could help someone like me, with autism, to become extremely successful. I am sincerely sorry if my actions were disrupting people. I love everyone on this campus and would never mean to upset anyone on purpose. After all, no one deserves to be kicked out of campus housing. If you let me stay in Housing, I can show you what a good person I can become, with just a little more help.

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