Improve Mental Health Care Access at Northeastern University
The student body of Northeastern University is currently mourning yet another classmate lost to suicide. We are sad. We are tired. We are done with our administration refusing to change a toxic culture that negatively effects students' mental well-being. We *all* know that Northeastern and President Aoun could be doing more to increase access to mental health care. 85% of Northeastern students would be more inclined to seek out mental health care if it was more available on-campus - but students don't trust the university to provide high-quality care, so they instead suffer in silence. There is a mental health crisis in higher education. The time for change is now. As we head home for Winter Break, let's take this time to hold our university administration accountable. Share this petition far and wide with your friends and classmates. More importantly, look out for your friends and classmates when they're in need. If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, or learn how to help yourself and others in crisis, you can find support with Samaritans of Greater Boston: https://samaritanshope.org/
Petition to Bryant University Community
Allow Monty Back on Bryant University Campus
As a student of Professor Pearson here at Bryant University, I was informed that the university had BANNED Monty from being on campus. I, along with other students in Prof. Pearson's classes think this is absurd! Monty is one of the most well behaved dogs, brings joy into the classroom, and truly enhances the learning experience whenever he is in the classroom. He is always on his leash so student's have the opportunity to sit near or far from Monty depending on their attitude towards dogs. These last couple years have been rough, especially for students, so having Monty in the classroom and on campus is a great way for students to temporarily relieve some stress and see a furry friend. Please, consider signing this petition if you think that Monty should be allowed on campus and that Bryant should take back this completely unprovoked banning.
Petition to University of Pittsburgh
Allow a Hybrid Learning Option for Pitt students
Recently, there have been numerous positive COVID-19 cases at the University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Between January 4-11, 2022: 209 students, 205 faculty tested positive. Between January 12-18, 2022: 352 students, 135 faculty tested positive. With such a high positive test number, students and instructors should follow a hybrid learning style: with the option to decide whether or not to join their courses virtually or in person. The school environment is a highly transmittable location for COVID-19. On-campus students are staying in the same living quarters. Students may unwillingly be sharing the same living commodities with a COVID-19 positive student. The University COVID-19 Medical Response Office states, "Every new person who gets infected has the potential to host the next variant. Think about it—we are trying to flatten the curve!" Giving students a hybrid learning option will relieve some of the living quarters, allowing students to go home if they feel unsafe. A total of 901 students and faculty are confirmed to have tested positive within the past 2 weeks. This number should be alarming. If so many students test positive with COVID-19, they may have to miss their courses in order to recover. It would be disruptive to the students' learning and progress in their courses. A hybrid-learning option can relieve some of the challenges associated with this.
Petition to Paul Trible
Cancel Classes the Day After the Super Bowl at CNU
Approximately 1.42 billion chicken wings are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday all across America. Now, I don't know about you, but I can't think of a single reason to eat 1.42 billion chicken wings except on a national holiday. There is no excuse beyond sadism to allow classes to resume on the Monday after the Super Bowl. The students at Christopher Newport University had to pay for two weeks of virtual school, the least you can do is give them a day off. If the idea is good enough for Cincinnati, it's good enough for us.
Petition to Harding University Administration
Make chapel online at Harding University
I don’t think that it is good for student health to have chapel this week and I think it should be moved to online with the rise in covid cases. It isn’t safe and Harding Administration doesn’t seem to understand that. This petition should hopefully change that and have the Administration take better care of student health.
Petition to The President of the University of Lynchburg and the Board of Trustees
Remove Liberty University influence and Falwell name from The University of Lynchburg.
The University of Lynchburg is independent and distinct from the values and mission of Liberty University. Over the past several years Liberty has encroached on the decision making process of the University of Lynchburg. Examples of this include but are not limited to the following: 1. A terrace has been named for Jerry Falwell Sr. 2. The University of Lynchburg has accepted gifts and money from Liberty University valued at 1 million dollars. 3. Chaplins and professors may have been silenced on campus so as to appease Liberty. 4. University of Lynchburg Students have been housed in Liberty dorms and teams have shared facilities. In honor of our core values that run contrary to those at Liberty we have hope that a change will be made. We urge the incoming University of Lynchburg President Alison Morrison-Shetlar and the Board of Trustees--in keeping with our history, our alumni, our professors past and present, and particularly for our community members of color and those identifying as LGBTQ--to do the following: 1. Affirm the right of free speech and assembly at the University of Lynchburg, as well as support diversity of thought and expression on campus. 2. Remove the Falwell name from the new terrace and campus. 3. Stop receiving money and gifts of any kind from Liberty. 4. End the University of Lynchburg's relationship with Liberty unless for purely academic experiences and in rare circumstances. We expect this to happen before students arrive on campus in mid August. Students of many generations have chosen UofL as their home because it is a "College that changes lives." They did not sign up for an institution that upholds (or is perceived to uphold) the damaging ideology of Jerry Falwell Sr.. We look forward to a bright, vibrant future for the University of Lynchburg. This is a step in the right direction.
Petition to Erica Muhl, Richard Hisey
Demand Fossil Fuel Transparency at Berklee
Due to the increasing threat of global climate catastrophe brought on by fossil fuels (and the effects they have already had on the most vulnerable of the global South), many institutions have chosen to divest endowments and other student funds from financial funds associated with fossil fuels, in an effort to curb the effects of a 1.5°C global temperature rise. We, undersigned, humbly request and petition that Berklee Administration publicly confirm or deny that Berklee's endowment and student tuition/fees are invested into funds associated with fossil fuels or fossil fuel-adjacent industries.
PRESIDENT HASSELER, STOP DISREGARDING RACISM AND OTHER SITUATIONS HAPPENING ON CAMPUS.
I was very excited about becoming a Muskie. Just like most other students were. It looked as if everyone considered this place to feel like home, family, and welcoming. I have meet some wonderful people here on campus but, there is a very dark side to Muskingum that no one talks about. I am tired of being quiet. It's time to make a change. There are tons of students leaving this campus. I am sure that some would not be afraid to say why. Muskingum simply does not feel like home anymore and it hasn't since the day I walked onto campus. This could be issues like housing, food, too strict, et cetera but, the real reason I am making this petition today is disregarding a huge issue on campus. We have had an ongoing issue with racism all around campus. I have had many other students tell me about their issue with racists acts happening directly to them. When one out of many of the issues were big enough, Sue Hasseler sent out an email regarding the situation. She tried to shed light on the situation about speaking on behalf of Muskingum's values and sharing a quote at the end of her email. Nothing has been done since. When racially motivated acts started to get worse on campus, we had reached out to her multiple times on behalf of the students. Up until this point on, she has disregarded and ignored every single issue we have had. I have had multiple students come to me explaining they have tried to contact her regarding this plenty of times, and there is no response nor connection per her end. This is beyond frustrating especially when we are such a small campus with such huge issues like these. I feel as if I can speak for most Muskingum students: We do not feel heard because of Sue Hasseler. The worst part is, it does not just racism that happens around campus. There is so much more happening but students do not feel heard nor do they have an outlet to talk to. Mind you, we pay a lot of money to come to this school and in return our own president cannot even return a simple email, phone call, et cetera about issues happening here at Muskingum. We will be heard. STUDENTS: I urge you to come forward to speak on any situations like this you have experienced on campus. Wether it has to do with race, equality, housing, or just simply a personal matter that may have been overseen by our president, any board members, staff, et cetera. If you would like to come forward and share your experience ANONYMOUSLY, send an anonymous form. Click the link in @muskieactivism 's instagram bio to access this form.