USI’s policies on handling disorders in students.

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Recently USI made the decision to remove a student from campus due to the effects of their neurodevelopmental disorder. This students name is Seth Pressler. He is a kind, funny, and selfless. He is a freshman at the University of Southern Indiana. He involved in as possible groups or activities as he’s been able since the start of the fall semester. As a university that claims to support diversity, we did not expect this outcome. 

The University made the decision to allow Seth to come to campus in August, knowing the extent of this disorder. In October the university decided he needs to go home to continue his education online because of reports given to Public Safety. These reports were from students. Seth suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome and is physically and mentally unable to control it.

Tourette's Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that cannot be contrived. Tics can range from mild to severe. Severe symptoms can significantly interfere with communication, daily functioning and quality of life. The extremity of Tourette’s Seth means he may shout profane vocabulary in inappropriate situations. Again, this is uncontrollable. It is not personal. In these situations the only hope Seth has to not offend someone is by trying to explain that what he shouted was a Tic and he did not mean what he said. The best way we can support him right now is by signing this petition and bringing awareness to our university. 

Now that you know, what will you do to change the outcome? Would you strip someone of their college experience, their friendships, their home, their job because of a disorder they cannot control? Please strongly consider the way your university handled this situation.