Petition To UCSB Administration For Take Home/Online finals

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As the Thomas fire continues to burn at an exponential rate the threat to the community of Isla Vista grows. Santa Barbara County is now in a state of emergency, the air quality has been deemed hazardous for multiple days now. We aren't even able to open our windows. This threat is much bigger than one week in one quarter. We shouldn't be expected to live in these extremly unhealthy conditions and study for our finals. With the blackouts, fire, and countless other distractions it has made it nearly impossible to stay focused on finals w On top of that hundreds of peole have gotten sick and there is no sign of this slowing down, only getting worse. This is a time when we should all be staying safe with our families. Our administration has shown an extreme lack of communication and care for us as a student body. 

Little to no information has been given to us about our finals schedule. As a community we must come together and let the administration hear our concerns. (All signatures will be sent to the administration at noon on Saturday, December 9th.) SPREAD THE WORD!!!

WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED:

1.  Allow UCSB students and faculty to return home immediately.
2. Offer supplementary final options such as a take home or online final.
3. Create an evacuation plan and post it on the UCSB website as well as sending it to all UCSB members via email.
4. Encourage professors to be lenient given the spotty wi-fi and rolling blackouts.   
5. Provide special accommodations for students who have no form of transportation home.
6. Provide regular updates on current air-quality and information on the fire.                                                                                              7. Accommodate any students and families by any means necessary who have been affected by the fire.

This fire is a danger to all of us and our health. There is more at stake here than finals. On behalf of a very concerned student body please respond and help us all be safe.



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