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universities

24 petitions

Started 3 days ago

Petition to Florida International University

FIU: give employees and students the time to vote

Countless universities in the U.S. do not give their staff or students the resources and time to vote. On Election Day, students are expected to find the time (and a ride to a polling location) in-between their classes and homework. Many university employees are expected to just go to their polling location after work, where long lines may mean they are discouraged from voting at all. Voting is an essential civic duty and a constitutionally protected right. Tell the Florida International University (FIU) that every student and university employee should have the time and resources to vote. Universities should make voting easy and accessible for students and employees. Of the 5,000 universities and colleges in the United States, only a few observe Election Day as a holiday - FIU isn’t one of them. FIU is the fourth largest university in the U.S., with over 54,000 students. If every student and employee at FIU voted, it could tilt the balance for the whole state. FIU is one of the few universities that has polling locations on campus, but not every student lives on campus. On FIU’s website, there is no openly available human resources policy that gives employees the time off to vote. All universities need to do more to encourage civic engagement for students, staff and faculty alike. Demand FIU to stand up for the right to vote. Give employees and students the time to vote. Overwhelmingly, students are not exercising their right to vote. If they came out in full force, university students and employees alone could shape the 2018 midterm elections. But universities have to give them the chance to vote. In the 2016 presidential election, only half of eligible voters from 18-29 cast a ballot. In the last midterm election in 2014, only 17% of eligible 18-24 year olds voted at all. Midterm elections typically have a lower turn out, but they are no less important. Tell FIU to support their students and employees right to vote. Pressure FIU to make voting a part of their curriculum and employee handbook instead of obstructing civic engagement. Voting should not be an obstacle. Sign and support giving FIU students and university employees access to their voting rights.

Campaigns Lab
14 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to University of Central Florida

Voting is a civic duty, tell UCF to give employees and students the time to vote

Countless universities in the U.S. do not give their staff or students the resources and time to vote. On Election Day, students are expected to find the time (and a ride to a polling location) in-between their classes and homework. Many university employees are expected to just go to their polling location after work, where long lines may mean they are discouraged from voting at all. Voting is an essential civic duty and a constitutionally protected right. Tell the University of Central Florida (UCF) that every student and university employee should have the time and resources to vote. Universities should make voting easy and accessible for students and employees. Of the 5,000 universities and colleges in the United States, only a few observe Election Day as a holiday - UCF isn’t one of them. UCF is the largest university in the U.S., with over 63,000 students. If every student and employee at UCF voted, it could tilt the balance for the entire state of Florida come election day. UCF is one of the few universities that has polling locations on campus, but not every student lives on campus. If a UCF employee wants to vote, they need to notify their boss days in advance. All universities need to do more to encourage civic engagement for students, staff and faculty alike. Demand the University of Central Florida stand up for the right to vote. Give employees and students the time to vote. Overwhelmingly, students are not exercising their right to vote. If they came out in full force, university students and employees alone could shape the 2018 midterm elections. But universities have to give them the chance to vote. In the 2016 presidential election, only half of eligible voters from 18-29 cast a ballot. In the last midterm election in 2014, only 17% of eligible 18-24 year olds voted at all. Midterm elections typically have a lower turn out, but they are no less important. Tell UCF to support their students and employees right to vote. Pressure UCF to make voting a part of their curriculum and employee handbook instead of obstructing civic engagement. Voting should not be an obstacle. Sign and support giving UCF students and university employees access to their voting rights.

Campaigns Lab
14 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Eastern Kentucky University, Michael Benson

EKU: Say We Are Not With Trump!

On Friday, October 5th, Eastern Kentucky University announced that the Trump Campaign would be holding a rally in Alumni Colosseum on Saturday, October 13th, only a week from the date of the event. While upholding our values of free speech is important, the Trump Campaign is notorious for bringing violence and unrest wherever it goes. The decision to hold the rally has brought many fears to our community. The fact of the matter is: This campaign will shift the campus climate in a way we MUST be ready for. As brave students pointed out in Tuesday night’s Public Forum, the rally has already begun to fuel hate speech and harassment on campus, which will only grow after the event. By allowing Trump to hold his event here, EKU has put many different campus communities at risk of hate crimes fueled by Trump’s rhetoric. The Trump Campaign will leave our home on Saturday. For the rest of us, we live here. We learn here. Even for students leaving for the weekend, there will be a changed campus to return too. The backlash that minority students will experience is inevitable. The decision has been made. Now, Benson and the Board of Regents have a choice. EKU needs to release a public statement—NOT just to the Staff, Students, and Alumni, but to the press—that EKU does not condone Trump’s hate speech. That we, as an institution, stand by ALL of our students. A clear, direct message that EKU does not stand with Trump. A message to the public won’t fix this problem, but EKU must, at the very least, reassure it’s students while also sending a clear message that hate speech, violence, and harassment will not be tolerated on EKU’s campus post-rally. Many of us remember the campus we dealt with back in 2016. We refuse to be silenced again. Benson, speak out on behalf of your students. The fact of the matter is that any move EKU makes now is a political decision, and we encourage you to make the right one. Release a statement condemning the messages that will be promoted on EKU’s campus on Saturday and emphasizing that action will be taken against students for harassment.

Chaise Robinson
87 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Gregory L. Fenves

We Want Bike Lanes on Speedway (and a Bicycle Master Plan)

We, the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Texas at Austin, petition UT President Gregory L. Fenves to direct the appropriate department to add a separated bike lane along the Speedway Mall from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Dean Keeton Street. A separated bike lane will reduce conflicts between students. UT’s 1999 Campus Master Plan, in which the pedestrian mall was first formally proposed, calls for a separated bike lane along the entire length of Speedway. The plan observes that “conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists will be resolved by creating separate bicycle lanes.” This language, and the bike lane itself, disappeared from subsequent iterations of the campus plan. The recent redesign of the mall has proven the wisdom of the original plan as both students on bikes and students walking find the shared space frustrating. A separated bike lane will improve mobility for all students. As the university has expanded beyond the “40 acres,” travel time between classrooms, dorms, and other destinations has also expanded. With classes scheduled as closely as ten minutes apart, walking speed is often not fast enough. By creating a bike lane on Speedway, the university will enable students to cross campus in as little as two minutes. The twelve-minute walk from Jester West to Kinsolving is reduced to a mere three minutes when biking at a leisurely ten miles per hour. The university has taken a step in the right direction with free membership in the city’s docked bikeshare system, B-cycle; now it needs to follow through with proper infrastructure. A separated bike lane will make students safer. Without a bike lane, students may be pushed to bike on San Jacinto Boulevard or Guadalupe Street, increasing the risk of a deadly collision with a motor vehicle. A separated bike lane will also establish greater predictability and clear expectations, making the Speedway corridor safer for walking students — particularly students with disabilities. A separated bike lane will serve all students, even those who do not use a bicycle. A bike lane will better accommodate students using boosted skateboards, electric scooters, and other innovative transportation devices than the current shared space. More students biking means less demand for the university’s limited parking. A separated bike lane will demonstrate the university’s commitment to a sustainable future. The university has promised, through its official Campus Sustainability Policy, to “improve the long-term quality and regenerative capacity of the environmental, social and economic systems that support the University’s activities and needs.” As transportation makes up a significant share of students’ expenses and their ecological footprint, the university should be doing all it can to reduce automobile dependence.   THE UNIVERSITY NEEDS A BICYCLE MASTER PLAN Additionally, the university must address the policy shortcomings that led to the lack of bike lanes on Speedway. We call on the university to commission a Bicycle Master Plan that lays out a campus-wide vision for bicycling, provides a blueprint for incorporating bike facilities into future construction, and includes a timeline for specific infrastructure improvements.   For more information on the Campus Bike Alliance, visit facebook.com/campusbikealliance or email campusbikealliance@gmail.com

Campus Bike Alliance
175 supporters