Dismiss Disciplinary Charges Against Student Body President Tyler Kissinger

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Dismiss Disciplinary Charges Against Student Body President Tyler Kissinger

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On May 19th 2016, more than 200 University of Chicago students, alumni, faculty and staff participated in a sit-in and rally at Levi Hall organized by the IIRON Student Network.

Student Body President Tyler Kissinger is facing disciplinary action as a result of his participation in the sit-in. Tyler has been an outspoken leader on campus, and has been the only one out of more than 200 participants targeted for disciplinary action. Tyler is a fourth-year in the College, and had been planning to graduate Saturday, June 11. However, his hearing is set for Friday, June 10 and he faces the possibility of suspension or expulsion. 

The May 19th protest came as the result of the refusal of administrators to attend a public meeting with members of the campus community. ISN is calling on the University to:

  1. Divest from fossil fuels. The University must divest from fossil fuels to set a precedent for a sustainable and ethical future. 
  2. Pay its workers a living wage of $15 per hour, and guarantee jobs and affordable health insurance for dining hall workers in the ongoing food service provider transition from Aramark to Bon Appetit. The University must provide a living wage of $15 per hour to ensure that both student and non-student workers are being compensated adequately for their time and that neither they nor their families are adversely affected by their income. 
  3. End the UCPD’s racist and opaque policing practices. As a first step towards increased community control over the UCPD, The University must submit the UCPD to existing standards of transparency currently applicable to public police forces, and do so in a legally binding manner.
  4. Expand and revitalize Student Disability Services with increased financial support. Student Disability Services must be utterly revamped into an office that can actually provide the necessary resources and accommodations for disabled students to feel accepted and cared for on campus and not penalized for their disability.

Disciplinary action such as this against stifles free speech, and suggests that the University is not tolerant of viewpoints that challenge its own. Sign this petition to urge the University of Chicago administration to drop the charges against Tyler, and keep its commitment to protect free speech by refraining to punish peaceful protest in the future!

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