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Petition to Colorado State University, Joyce McConnell

Hold CSU accountable for ignoring racial related incidents

There have been several racial and race related incidents that have happened on Colorado State Universities campus over the past 3 years. Regardless of the administrations involvement, or lack of, these incidents happened on the CSU campus and were done by CSU students. For the most part, the CSU administration and past president Tony Frank and current president Joyce McConnell have done little but send an email condemning these actions. Nothing further has happened.  Most recently, 4 CSU students were photographed in blackface while imitating characters from Marvel's Black Panther. An email followed stating that these students were not to face any punishment because the act was protected by the first amendment. Many students felt as though there should be some disciplinary action and some expressed their disapproval by writing "CSU admin condones blackface" in chalk on the campuses main plaza on September 12, 2019. The plaza on campus is defined as "public forum traditionally utilized at Colorado State University, and is open to all individuals for the purpose of exercising free speech and assembly" and always has messages written in chalk gracing the pavement.  Despite this being an area designed for students to exercise their first amendment rights, the "CSU admin condones blackface" messages were washed away by the administration by the next morning, September 13, 2019. The CSU administration washed away students voices' demanding action regarding the racist events that have happened on campus. This is obviously extremely hypocritical, as CSU cited the first amendment in not punishing students in blackface but then removed speech expressed by other students criticizing the lack of action. This petition aims to hold CSU administration more accountable for past and future racial related incidents on campus and suggests a change in those holding leadership positions at the university. The university's slogan is Rams take care, Rams take action. This is us Rams taking action and doing our best to take care of our fellow students and if this petition is removed or changed in any way by CSU, then they have gone against their core principals.  Links to most recent racial incidents can be found below: Blackface Nazi Swastika  Noose hanging in dorm Police called on Native American teens on campus tour Link to the CSU instagram page that has created this petition 

CSU Coalition for Change
4,025 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Tim Kaine, Donald J. Trump, Elaine G. Luria, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Charles E. Schumer, John Garamendi, Department of Defense, Bill Dodd, Jim Frazier, Department of Education, Jack Reed, Roger F. Wicker, Jeanne Shaheen, Deb Fischer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Tom Cotton, Richard Blumenthal, Mike Rounds, Mazie K. Hirono, Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, Angus S. King Jr., Dan Sullivan, Martin Heinrich, David Perdue, Elizabeth Warren, Kevin Cramer, Gary C. Peters, Martha McSally, Joe Manchin III, Rick Scott, Tammy Duckworth, Marsha Blackburn, Doug Jones, Josh Hawley

Provide all military members and veterans with student loan repayment.

Americans assume that the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI bill cover all education costs for veterans and current military members. What they don’t understand is that there are shortfalls in the educational programs. These bills do not cover educational debt that was accrued prior to military service. The Montgomery GI Bill benefits vary depending on type and length of military service, as well as type of education that is pursued. An Active Duty service member who has served at least 3 years is entitled to 36 months of educational benefits at a price tag of $1,994.00 per month for a traditional bachelor’s degree. That is a grand total of $71,784 if the full 36 months is used. The post 9/11 GI Bill benefits also vary depending on type and length of service, as well as type of education that is pursued. An Active Duty service member who has served at least 3 years is entitled to 100% of tuition and fees as an in-state student at a Public University. At a Private or Foreign university, the benefit is up to $24,476.79. According to US News, the average cost of tuition at a public university for 2019-2020 is $10,116 per year while the average cost at a private university per year is $36,801. Not including housing, fees, meals, and any other educational costs, a service member who joined the military after obtaining a degree could be over $150,000 in debt. According to the Air Force, only career fields that are indicated as critical shortages are able to apply for student loan repayment programs. Even then, the program will never pay out more than $20,000 for student loan repayment. The Army and Navy will pay up to $65,000 of service members’ student loans, but again only specially indicated career fields apply for this program. Through the Montgomery GI Bill, each military branch will cover $71,784 of service members’ educational costs. Through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, each military branch will cover 100% of the tuition and fees at public universities and up to $24,476.79 at private universities. This is over $100,000 that the Department of Defense will spend on a service member or veteran who has served at least 3 years on Active Duty, yet they will only offer on occasion up to $65,000 in student loan repayment if the service member commits to a critically short career field. This is thousands of dollars that is made available to non-prior service degree service members, but this same money is unavailable to prior degree earning service members. The Department of Defense is failing these service members. Why should our current service members and veterans who earned degrees prior to serving our country be penalized and starved of over $100,000 in educational benefits? Please make student loan repayment programs available to every service member and veteran that has volunteered to lay their life on the line and serve our country with honor.  

Christopher Thomas
77 supporters