Syracuse University is right to protect applicants participating in peaceful protests

02 March, 2018, 00:01 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • University admissions offices send message to teens protesting gun violence

Normally a suspension or other disciplinary action could potentially contribute to a student being rejected from college admission - or having an existing acceptance revoked.

A handful of the state's top schools now say students with disciplinary records stemming from legal and peaceful protest or activism will not have to worry about it counting against their admission application.

The reassuring messages come after a Texas school superintendent said earlier this week students planning to protest for stronger gun control laws would face a three-day, out-of-school suspension if they joined the nationwide protests, according to an ABC News report.

Many high school students across the nation have been participating in walkouts in protest to gun violence demanding better legislation and gun control.

"Stockton Unified is proud of the peaceful, well organized protests carried out by students on its high school campuses this week".

I'm writing to you today in the wake of the awful human tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, where 17 students and teachers were gunned down. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County also said that "participation in peaceful protests and demonstrations in support of important social issues will not negatively affect admission decisions".

On Monday the University of Wisconsin sought to reassure current high school seniors interested in attending UW that participating in next month's national walk out to protest gun violence will not impact their chances of being admitted. "We believe students have a need to do this, and therefore, we will not treat this as skipping school, or treat it is a disciplinary issue", McCandless wrote.

Some school districts have stated that they will suspend students over protests during school hours. The survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre have planned national marches and class walk-outs, promising to fight for policy changes in memory of their slain classmates and teachers.

"The resilience of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students is remarkable, and we will continue to offer support to them and their efforts to exercise their rights to free speech and freedom of expression", Duerk said.

According to Sarriot, students had contacted the University before the statement was issued to demonstrate their support for student protestors. "We will discipline no matter if it is one, 50, or 500 students involved", he said.

And Yale's office of undergraduate admissions tweeted: "We encourage students to be vocal when they see an opportunity for change in our institution and in the world".

"While we can not condone weekly or even monthly occurrences like this, we try to encourage our students' interest in expressing their ideas and opinions", Murphy wrote.

Coffin said he and colleagues at other schools wanted students to know that if "this is an act of conscience ... don't think about college admissions right now".