Petition to Kent State University
Kent State Weekly COVID-19 Testing
As of right now, Kent State University is keeping their students absolutely in the dark when it comes to information regarding COVID-19 and allowing students to gather in large group settings without repercussions. Most students feel unsafe on campus and feel as though Kent is doing the bare minimum when it comes to protecting their students during these times. We've seen multiple universities being shut down across the country even though they are testing their students for COVID on a regular basis. Ohio State, which is a much bigger school, is testing their students once a week and still continues to see a rise in cases. All we ask is that Kent State begins testing their students regularly and makes sure that everyone is knowledgable about the current situations regarding coronavirus on campus.
Petition to University of Hartford's President's cabinet, Gregory S. Woodward
Adjust University of Hartford's Guest Policy
This issue involves the current student residents of the University of Hartford. The current guest policy is, "Guests are not permitted in any on-campus housing unit at any time". This means that a neighboring housing unit cannot visit any other housing unit at any time. Connecticut state guidelines state, "Indoor private gatherings can have up to 25 people". However, the University forbids students from having at least one visitor in residential areas. Keeping in mind that social distancing is 6 feet apart, students can safely have 2 people in their personal space. Nearby universities such as Southern Connecticut State University have a policy in place that states, "Guests from off-campus will not be permitted in the residence halls. Visitors from other residence halls will be allowed, however room capacity will only allow one visitor at a time", this policy is reasonable. University of Hartford residential suites have been open to students since August 23, 2020. In the span of one week, there has been 30 known cases in which students have been forcibly removed from campus with no refund. Although some cases did involve large gatherings (exceeding 15 people), other cases involved one residential visitor who was not assigned to that specific suite, however they were assigned to another suite on campus. In the midst of a pandemic, this experience is a new one for all. It is important for campus administration to realize, as human beings, we require personal and intimate friendships/relationships according to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Campus faculty and staff get to go home to their family every night, to which residential students do not have the option of. To not be able to have a friend from our own residential hall visit us, is taking a detrimental toll on our mental health. Students pay on average, $30,000 for tuition. As stated, this is a new experience for all, therefore, to be possibly removed off of campus and suspended with no refund is extreme, given the circumstances. To be paying such a large amount of money we should be accommodated. Students have all been tested negative in order to move in on campus as well as agreeing to random tests throughout the semester. We have procedures in place that involve daily health screenings. As we engage in social distancing in outside environments, it is important note that there is no real difference from social distancing inside, since we are able to follow the same procedures inside that we do outside. As students, we hope that the University accommodates to our needs and consider that as the seasons change it is going to be difficult and physically taxing to enjoy the company of others outside.
Petition to US Department of Education
The days of standardized testing and single exams to judge an entire year’s worth of learning should be far behind us. Unfortunately, Collegeboard continues to monopolize education, and charges ridiculous amounts of money to take tests that do not truly measure intelligence. This was an issue I, a high school junior, was aware of, but was not able to see clearly until this year. A corporation that truly cared for the students of the country would have found a realistic and hollistic way to test the thousands of students taking AP classes, instead of still charging MONEY to take 45 minute long tests that barely cover the course we have taken in the past year. That in itself is ridiculous; we don’t spend hours working at these courses for one or two questions. But what brings this travesty further is the fact that the system Collegeboard has set in place simply doesn’t work. Tests aren’t being submitted, they are only accessible on certain browsers, and their system is being overflowed. They had time to prepare for this, yet here we are, with many of my colleagues forced to wait another MONTH because the test they paid for didn’t work. In this description, I have not even mentioned the issue that lies within the idea of the SAT, but I feel the fact that I could not fit all of these issues within 1200 characters speaks volumes. Let’s have a corporation in place that at the very least cares about a students if we have one at all.
Petition to Northeastern University's Housing Office
A single for Asiah at Northeastern
Hello. My name is Asiah and I go to Northeastern University. I am in my senior year of school. I have lived on campus since my freshman year, but this year I am having trouble with the housing office. Before COVID-19 became a major pandemic, I agreed to a random roommate because that was the only housing option left. I will be in a suite with 3 other young women, and I will have to share a room with one of them. I would feel much safer living in a room that has one bed. I have asthma and even after expressing my concerns and health to housing, they still refused to let me switch dorms despite the fact that there are single bed spaces available on campus. I reached out to Northeastern numerous times starting in July up until now, and to no avail have any of my requests been met. Please sign this petition, so I can at least get the attention of the university. Thank you for reading.
Petition to ArtCenter College of Design
ArtCenter Students Demand End Racism on Campus or We Go on Tuition Strike
NOTE* If you are trying to donate to our cause, do NOT do it through Change . Org, because the money they ask for donations does not go to us or our organizing group. Within the past decade, we have voiced our concerns, had discussions about oppression, and created specific events to deconstruct institutional trauma. Yet the school continues to perpetuate systemic injustices while whitewashing our pedagogy, curriculum, and classrooms. You have implemented ZERO changes that students, faculty, staff and alumni have suggested. ArtCenter administration’s inability to provide effective action through sustainable short- or long-term initiatives shows complacency in dismantling white supremacy, racism and anti-Blackness within the institution. We Publicly DEMAND the Following:1. Make a Commitment to Anti-racist Practices2. Title IX Empowerment and Zero Tolerance Policy3. Create an Equitable Environment4. Land Acknowledgment and Reparations5. Affordable Tuition6. Cancel the Master Plan and Restructure It7. Dismiss President Lorne BuchmanA failure to meet every demand will result in a publicized tuition strike starting Fall 2020 that will last until every demand is fully and transparently in effect.This is addressed specifically to the ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees: Jeffrey BarbakowRonald BennisonLorne BuchmanWesley ColemanClarence Daniels Jr.Robert Davidson Jr.Michelle Gadsden-WilliamsTom GilmoreJeffrey GlassmanWilliam GrossSu Matthews-HaleBruce HeavinLinda HillSteven HitterTimothy KobeTerri KohlMelissa LoraSamuel MannDavid MartinPeter MullinCharles NearburgIvy RossMichele RuizJeff SalazarZachary SnyderReiner TriltschMichael WarsawAlyce De Roulet-WilliamsonVisit antiracistclassroom.comRead the Full Demand LetterPress Release Package Follow us on IG and twitter to keep up to date for next steps. #ACCDwedemand #ACCDracist #antiracistclassroom #ArtCenterWithout #blackatACCD
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Andrew M. Cuomo, President of the United States, Kamala D. Harris, Charles E. Schumer, Nancy Pelosi
Include college students who are claimed as dependents on the Stimulus Bill
With the adoption of the Stimulus Bill, college students who are working at part or full time jobs but are claimed as dependents under their parents are not receiving any money. Most college students are out of work right now and still need to pay for tuition, rent for housing on college campuses, etc. Because these students are over 17 years of age, parents are not receiving the $500 for their dependents. As many college students were forced to move back home without an income, parents could use the $500 for each dependent in order to help pay for necessities during these financially challenging times. College students are also not receiving the $1,200 that working individuals are receiving. This is unfair to college students as we are one of the poorest demographics, paying for education and trying to manage part-time or full-time jobs while completing our schooling. It is only fair to include college students in the Stimulus Bill.
Petition to The University of Maryland
Reduce UMD Student Fees and Tuition for the Remainder of the COVID-19 Pandemic!
It is unacceptable for students to pay for resources they do not have access to. Currently, University of Maryland students are being overcharged for their online educational experience and for services they are less able to utilize. We require a continued review and reduction, for all students, of tuition and fees for the remainder of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As we do not know when this pandemic will end, we need a comprehensive plan that adjusts prices justly. #LowerUniFees #NoResourceNoFee Students should not pay for resources that they do not have access to. It is never the burden nor responsibility of students to supplement the financial insecurities of their higher education institutions, particularly during a global pandemic. Higher Education is already unaffordable for most students with student loan debt totaling over 1.7 trillion nationally. Currently, University of Maryland students are being charged fees for services they are not able to utilize due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Students will not be able to receive the same academic and educational experience as before the pandemic started, yet it is proposed that we are to pay the same costs. As the school found it necessary to refund students the cost of unused resources during the Spring of 2020 and the initial outbreak of the pandemic, the school should remain committed to its scholars by not requiring the cost of unused resources - particularly as the pandemic has increasingly placed pressure, financial and otherwise, on students. Tuition rates should also be considered for reduction. UMBC reduced tuition by 22% as well as other noted tuition reductions from DMV area schools and around the nation. We are not receiving the same experience as in-person learning and the price should reflect that accordingly. The University should lean on donors, the federal government, savings, and other revenue streams during this time to supplement the needs of the institution. Students are not who institutions should turn to for extracting funds, especially if not providing services that match the request. We require a review and lowered adjustment of fees for the remainder of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sign the petition today and contact UMD Leadership for further action: Office of the President Vice Presidents Fees to be reviewed and refunded to students (Based on Spring 2020 COVID-19 fee refunds): Shuttle Bus Athletics Recreation Services Stamp Student Union Performing Arts and Cultural Centers Student Facilities Sustainability Housing Dining Parking What we know: COVID-19 has caused an overall unemployment rate of 11.1% COVID has negative implications for mental health which students already deal with at high rates Students must now bear paying additional fees and tuition for resources that we will not have access to. Despite knowing the effects of COVID-19 our current leadership has not deemed it fit for us to receive a refund for the services not available to us Students are experiencing unprecedented changes to the educational experience, including in some cases exclusively online instruction International students have deportation concerns Across Universities, students face the same struggles as the average person and more during this time Some students must choose between homelessness and education Civil unrest in the nation is still occurring
Petition to The University of Iowa, The University of Iowa Athletic Department
Save Hawkeye Sports
Welcome Hawkeyes! This is our first newsletter to the broad group of people who stood with us to support saving the Olympic sports of Swimming and Diving for women and men, men’s Gymnastics, and men’s Tennis. If you are receiving this message, it is because you have done at least one of the following – signed the petition at Change.org, pledged to support reinstatement of the sports, a parent of one of the student athletes directly affected by this decision, asked how you could help of someone already on the team, or signed on to the letter Vickie Nauman sent to the Iowa Board of Regents. You’re a part of former athletes, parents, concerned alumni and others who see this effort as a just cause. So much has happened in a short amount of time, largely due to your engagement! Thank you. We’re making progress. Read on to learn the latest. What’s happening? After talking with several legislators from the Johnson County delegation, we were able to secure a meeting with Executive Vice President Rod Lehnertz. Special thanks to those legislative leaders – Senator Joe Bolkcom, Senator Zach Wahls, and Representative Mary Mascher. Their counsel and assistance made such a difference! On Saturday, October 17, three of our team participated in a Zoom meeting with Rod Lehnertz where we discussed the desires of our group and the parameters that must be met from the University's perspective. Our focus was on implementing a new model for Olympic sports that could allow the existing athletes to stay in place at Iowa and to build something that was sustainable. It was a good meeting, very honest, transparent and with a substantive discussion that led to a list of assignments. We put together a short vision statement, and then itemized the discussed goals and shared that with the vice president. He then used that information to bring together a few key players from the University. We will meet with those individuals this week and will have a report for you sometime next week on next steps. There are three big ways you can help: Pledge to Donate to help us after we have these sports reinstated. www.savehawkeyesports.com Sign the Petition at Change.org. Recruit others to join this effort. We have these meetings because of the number of people who have indicated support AND because of the amount of money pledged so far. Sincerely,Mark Kaufman, Athletic Trainer, Class of 1986Ron Kaminski, Swimming, Class of 1991 Vickie Nauman, Swimming, Class of 1986Dave Carpenter, Men's Swimming, Class of 1990Emma Sougstad, Swimming, Class of 2017Frannie Malone (DeBord), Swimming, Class of 2000Ray Benton, Men’s Tennis, Class of 1963Larry Halpin, Men's Tennis, Class of 1962Coach Steve Houghton, Men’s Tennis, Class of ’71/Men’s Tennis Coach ’81 – ‘14Jay Maltby, Men’s Tennis, class of 1990 Jim Nelson, Men's Tennis, Class of 1986Dan Rustin, Men’s Tennis, Class of 1982Matt Purdy, Football, Class of 1994JJ Patton, Swimming, Class of 1993David Ferke, Swimming, Class of 1990 Mike Curley, Swimming, Class of 1985Kim Stevens, Swimming, Class of 1986, Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, 2016Keith Gunderson, Swimming, Class of 1994Mike Buck, Swimming, Class of 1990Jim Mulligan, Swimming, Class of 1995Katy Fethke (Ketoff), Diving, Class of 1992Elliot Ptasnik, Swimming, Class of 2005Ashley Dell, Swimming, Class of 2009Andrew DeLashmutt, Swimming, Class of 2009Erin DeLashmutt, Swimming, Class of 2007Todd Trappe, Swimming, Class of 1991Greg Earhart, Executive Director, CSCAA