Resignation of President Gutmann and Provost Pritchett

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The University of Pennsylvania's inhumane and incapable response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has resolved we the undersigned to demand the resignation of President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.

 

WHEREAS the University's response has negatively and unnecessarily affected all students, but especially those undergraduates in disadvantaged circumstances including first generation, low-income (FGLI), and international students by inter alia:

  • Illegitimately threatening individual students for their behavior on- and off-campus with physical separation by a private police force and with academic repercussions through an unaccountable academic office
  • Evicting students from on-campus residences without immediately providing resources for answering questions, as well as attempting to pressure landlords into expelling off-campus students AND
  • Falsely promising recourse and assistance to those unable to depart on their own before:
    • Denying housing extensions for FGLI and international students regardless of circumstance, including those with homes inside travel ban zones, which may be abusive or unconducive to continuing school work, and those with no homes at all
    • Denying housing extensions for nursing students who were told they must complete their clinicals 

We the undersigned believe the best course of action is for the University to move into the next academic year with new leadership such that future crises will not be mismanaged with dramatic and negative impacts for the student body,

AND hereby demand the resignation of President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett for their outsized roles in the aforenamed response.