Petition to SUNY Fredonia
Fire Professor Stephen Kershnar from SUNY Fredonia
A philosophy/ethics professor at Fredonia has expressed his support and encouragement of pedophilia and adult-child sexual relationships, in interviews, his own academic papers, and even class material. While the university can and should foster a difference of opinions, these views are directly harmful to a community already dealing with instances of sexual assault and struggles with consent. While Fredonia made a statement saying his views don't reflect that of the institution, by labeling him as a distinguished professor and supporting his problematic academic papers, it directly shows the college encourages his actions and views, and personally, I don't feel safe on a campus that encourages this behavior. We need to have Stephen Kershnar removed from campus to preserve both the safety and integrity that this institution of SUNY Fredonia promises and should strive to be known for.
Carlow Residents As a Priority
*Please read updated information* Carlow students were recently informed that students from the University of Pittsburgh are moving on to our campus to occupy Dougherty Hall starting in the Fall of 2022, which would segregate Carlow students to the Francis Warde Hall side of the sole dormitory Carlow has dedicated to its’ students. This news was given to Carlow students on Monday March 21st. For the upcoming fall, the dorm deposits are due April 1st, 2022, providing students with extreme short notice without prior communication from the school, leaving many students unsure of their upcoming living situation. Carlow has made this decision without student body consultation or deliberation. This has left students with disabilities, accommodations, and others concerned and distressed about their living situation and housing security. Carlow University is limiting their students’ boarding options after years of stressing the value of the students wants, needs, and concerns. Seniority and accommodations are not being taken into consideration by Carlow, leaving many students scrambling to find new living situations for the upcoming semester. As Carlow students, we expect our voices to be heard and our values to be considered and carried out by the school, along with the necessary course of action to be taken for the students’ best interest and well-being. Carlow is asking us to share our limited resources with other students who have plentiful resources through the University of Pittsburgh at their disposal. With Pitt students coming onto our small private campus, the Carlow community will be affected in numerous ways. This is not only a threat to our education, but also to the historical value of our sacred campus, which students uphold because of the community culture on campus. Segregating the Carlow students to Frances Warde will not only have an impact on the community life of the students, but the overall synchronicity of the students and their day to day lives. We will not let the quality of Carlow University be diminished without the student body’s voices being heard, taken into consideration, and for our best interest to be accounted for the way we defend and care for our education and campus.
Petition to ucla students, UCLA Faculty, Los Angeles Residents, UCLA, LOS ANGELES, People with family or friends at UCLA
Keep COVID Testing for Vaccinated UCLA Students
UCLA is considered the number one public university and often boasts this fact. Yet despite the merits that would follow such a title, it has clearly shown, with recent defunding of part of services for accessibility and now with the revoking of mandatory COVID testing for vaccinated students, that the university is holding back its efforts to protect students. New highly contagious variants of the coronavirus have been spreading throughout the country, and in an especially populated campus that plans to host regular in-person activity, regular testing for all students, including vaccinated students, will be crucial to preventing outbreaks. Other universities in the city are taking this precaution. The UC system must allocate the necessary resources to continuously keep students safe and mitigate the spread of the virus. Students traveling across campus will interact with many others, in buildings that may or may not follow ventilation standards, and travel to locations in the city that could be hotspots. Without regular testing the university is proving it is ill equipped to enforce helpful covid regulations, and will eventually be forced to manage a mass student quarantine. To protect the physical, mental, and academic health of countless students who are relying on an in-person year of fully-priced instruction to help uplift their career, lifestyle, and community, mandatory weekly testing is the minimum requirement UCLA can provide all students to protect the Bruin community.
Demote Katie Sanders from Residential Assistant
Residential Advisors are in place to support students as they make the difficult transition into college life. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, students may feel uncomfortable reaching out to a mentor figure who was so vehemently opposed to inclusivity training that she went on national TV and said: "a line needs to be drawn" in reference to being taught about the identities of non-gender conforming students. A section of text within the 'Residential Living' section of the WCU website reads as follows: "We strive to create living and learning communities where students feel valued as individuals and celebrate diversity and fellowship with others." Many students believe that Ms. Sanders does not embody these values, making her unfit to be a residential assistant.
Petition to Saint Mary's College
Make Psychobiology qualify as a science at Saint Mary's College of California
At Saint Mary's College of California, all students are required to take a "scientific understanding" course which includes both a lab and lecture. All psychology students are required to take the psychobiology course, which includes a lab and lecture, but it does not fulfill the scientific understanding requirement. Instead, psychology students are expected to take a "real science" like biology or chemistry, which often requires prerequisites, or something else such as geology or astronomy to fulfill the requirement, which has limited availability (usually one class section per semester). Psychobiology arguably includes multiple disciplines of science, including but not limited to: psychology, biology (cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary, health/medical), chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and neurology. It is trivial and simply absurd to require a "real science" such as geology or astronomy because psychobiology doesn't count as "scientific understanding" - psychology alone is a science as it is a part of the school of science, but with the inclusion of biology and other sciences it is indubitably a science course. The decision to not count psychobiology as a science was made about 10 years ago by the department chair of one of the departments in the school of science at SMC and is an outdated and simply incorrect ideology that is not sensible, especially in this day and age, with the growing usefulness and popularity of the field of psychology. Many psychology students are taking unrelated courses like geology to be able to graduate which, to many of us, feels like a waste of one of four classes student have to take in a typical semester. For the upcoming Fall 2022 semester, the only options that don't require prerequisites are geology and astronomy, both of which are at less than ideal times for most students, and both of which are full and waitlisted for registration. The people who are able to make a decision on this matter are the workers of the bureaucracy that is the Saint Mary's College administration, including the registrar's office, the dean(s), the academic board, and other departments of administration. It is out of the reach of the psychology department faculty, however, most, if not all, of them agree that psychobiology is certainly a real science. After all, psychology at SMC is in the school of science. If this petition fails, many students will have to take a completely unrelated course in order to graduate, and the other science classes will have less space for students who actually want to take those courses. It could all be avoided if the petition succeeds, and would help all current and future students! The failure of this petition would reinforce the idea that psychology isn't a "real science", which is detrimental to not only the hundreds of current psychology students at SMC, but all future psychology students who decide to attend SMC, and perhaps the development and progress of society as a whole.
Phone at CHA, safety for all students.
CHA is the abbreviation for Commonwealth Honors Academy. This exert that follows is directly from their website: "The Academy differs from the traditional high school in its approach to learning and in the creation of a living-learning community. CHA offers students a chance to know and make friends with other enthusiastic, energetic students with high intellectual capacities. The interaction of students with different backgrounds is one of the most valuable aspects of the academy. "Although, every student who signed up for this academy was in for a rude awakening. This academy while being a huge opportunity education wise, doesn't let us reach our full potential- socially. We go to classes all day, which we can't take our phones too (which is understandable, and no one objects this rule.) Then when we get free time during the day (which is always limited) we refer to this as grey space. Students during this time have the opportunity to go outside of campus, go to the lobby, explore campus, etc. For safety reasons we have limits on how far we may go off of campus (referred to as a bubble.) This bubble is very large, and expands far from campus, some parts even being beside main roads, and extending to rougher neighborhoods. While it isn't a rule, you are encouraged heavily to travel in groups, (for safety reasoning.) All the students at this academy are not allowed to HAVE ANY device with them when they leave THEIR FLOOR, they can not have it on campus, in the bubble, in the lobby, etc. This imposes a huge safety issues, when confronted about this issue to staff they always say "You'll be fine", "Travel in groups nothing bad will happen"- they completely dismiss the concerns of many, or downplay it. The worse part is a lot of the counselors are the ones who say this too, aren't they suppose to be the ones encouraging safety, and help kids who get anxiety? Well, not allowing them to have phones invokes high levels anxiety in so many students, that contradicts the counselors role doesn't it? This rule is absurd, I do not feel safe. If I travel in a group what does that change? I could pass out, and before someone could get back to the dorm they would have to run about 2 miles. What if there was an unexpected storm, and we needed to call the faculty to let them know where we were. What if someone made us feel unsafe and we felt the urge to call someone? Student's are not the only ones directly effected by this rule. Our parents, who love their kids with all their hearts, and just having to hope that their kids, are okay since they can't talk to them while their out in a part of the state they've never been? Earlier tonight, a boy who is a student at the academy as well got his phone taken for being outside and texting a family member, they took it for 24 hours, he didn't even get a chance to call his parents/family, and let them know he wouldn't be able to communicate. Assuming he didn't know their numbers off the top of his head, he wouldn't be able to tell a friend to text them. This is leaving parents left wondering why they paid hundreds of dollars to send their kids to a place that isn't even thinking about their safety? Sign this petition, help me show the staff and faculty, this rule needs to change. This is happening at Murray State. Thank you on behalf of all CHA students and parents wanting a change.
Get a Commencement for Lehman College C/O ‘20 & ‘21
The Lehman College classes of 2020 & 2021 endured the pandemic, all the while maintaining grades that earned us the ability to graduate. And like many others, we accepted the fact that we might not be able to gather in person on South Field with our fellow class to have a commencement. We joined our live streamed ceremonies flipped our tassels in our homes. However, thankfully, the world is beginning to adapt to our situation now, and many other colleges and universities are honoring the past classes with in person ceremonies. We also want to have that same privilege of being able to wear our caps and gowns with pride on our very own campus where we started and finished. To start at the Apex and walk the campus, reminiscing on the years we spent in our academic pursuits. Many have passed through struggles, some more than others, and got their degrees despite those hardships. These degrees were achieved in honor of family and friends, both living and passed on. The classes of 2020 & 2021 deserve our final hurrah!
Montclair State Students Graduating with Honors should be recognized as they walk
Montclair State University has just informed its graduating class of seniors that their Latin Honors will NOT be read aloud as they walk across the stage. To graduate with honors is an extremely commendable accomplishment and those who do so should be recognized as they walk across the stage when their name is read aloud. This is customary for any college convocation. Instead of recognizing their students verbally, they believe it is sufficient enough to just give their students graduating with honors a gold tassel. Which no one will be able to see or appreciate. This is quite insulting to the students who have worked so hard to distinguish themselves and receive these academic honors. While it may not seem like a big deal, to not hear your specific level of Latin Honors follow your name is something so dishearting. Montclair State University gives no motivation to its following classes of seniors to graduate with honors should they not fix this. Especially when they are having separate convocations for each college; therefore leaving an adequate amount of time to add an extra 2 or 3 words after students' names. It is the least they can do to recognize the hard work and dedication students have put towards their degree, as well as the exceptional accomplishment it is to graduate with honors.