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 Alverno College, Joseph Foy, Andrea lee
Decrease the Tuition due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Effect on Our Education
To our trusted leaders of Alverno, We are writing to you regarding the recent increase in tuition. We understand that the decision was made to raise tuition prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we want to express our feelings on the act to continue with the increase. Many institutions of higher education throughout the country are accommodating their students by providing a temporary decreased tuition or a tuition freeze. We as students feel it is unfair to raise the tuition during such a troubling time. Many of us are struggling to pay our bills at home, let alone our tuition. COVID-19 has been a difficult time for so many of us. You have many students working in the healthcare field, trying to help those suffering from the virus. You have students who have lost jobs and are unable to pay their rent. We feel that it is not the “Alverno Way” to continue with a tuition increase in such a time. We feel it is unjust. Many of your students will not be able to pay for this semester due to the tuition increase and the effects of COVID-19, which will lead to lower enrollment for the college the following semester. Some students have attempted to reach out to faculty and have had meetings to address their concerns, but we feel there is nothing being done to help us as students. Alverno is all about helping each other, and right now our students are struggling. Over the summer, we were promised in person classes. Many of these students that had signed up for in person classes are now forced to be online or hybrid. The communication gave us a false sense of hope. We relied too much on the meeting with health professionals and did not have back up plans. We have students who did not find out their instructors until two days before class began. Many students taking online classes do not even have zoom lectures. Even the nursing students! Many students do not have voice over PowerPoints. We feel as though we are teaching ourselves. We understand our professors are here for us and are willing to set up individual zoom meetings or answer questions through emails. However, this is not the same quality education we were receiving prior to the pandemic. Not every student can properly learn this way. We should not expect students to be able to adapt to self-taught learning and pass their courses. The price of our education is far too high for the quality of education we are receiving. We are strongly urging you to decrease the tuition until COVID-19 passes over. We are not getting the same quality of education as we would in person, and it is unfair to many of us who are struggling due to unforeseen circumstances. Again, we understand this decision was made prior to COVID-19; however, changes need to be made in order for students to continue with their education. The cost is simply too high during a time like this. Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns.
Petition to San Francisco state, Vice President Administration and Finance
San Francisco State Lower Tuition of 2020-2021
San Francisco State has moved most classes to online for the Fall 2020 Semester. Students understand that this is to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however we are frustrated that the tuition for these classes will remain the same. Most students have lost there jobs and housing due to COVID-19. We do not have the same funds as we did during the regular academic year. As we have already completed online courses in Spring 2020, we know first hand that this type of online learning is not for everyone. For many students, online learning does not allow them to receive the greatest possible education. Our education matters and we are not getting it in our full experience over a laptop screen. We should not pay thousands of dollars for education over a computer screen. Also not to mention that not everyone have the equal access to internet to attend online classes. Some do not have a designated study space, their own laptop, Wi-Fi, books and resources In addition, an exorbitant amount of our tuition goes towards facilities, many of which we will not even be able to use this fall. Our money will go to places on campus in which we are not benefiting from, amenities such as the gym, clinic, etc. IF WE ARE NOT USING IT WE SHOULD NOT BE PAYING FOR IT. We demand that tuition for the Fall 2020 Semester be decreased heavily due to the switch to online learning. The demand for a decrease in tuition also applies for out of state students, especially since they won't even be in the vicinity of campus to be using any of the facilities/campus resources. Every student should be given a lower tuition.
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 Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Andrew M. Cuomo, Mitch McConnell
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
Petition to Bernie Sanders, Donald J. Trump, Dan Crenshaw, Andrew Yang, The Walt Disney Company, Apple, Microsoft, Michelle Obama, New York State House, New York State Senate, New York, New York Times, Department of Education
College tuition reimbursement/lessen tuition due to online learning.
Colleges are raising tuition during the Covid crisis when they should lower it but they refuse to lower tuition even though most colleges have switched to online schooling. It is unfair and unamerican. Some students do not have the funding to keep paying for college tuition regardless of scholarships especially during covid when many households have been affected greatly and have had to use savings for bills and tuitions and still to this day have no source of income other than unemployment or stimulus checks. Refusing to lower tuition or reimburse tuition will only further the student debt crisis and potentially risk the lives of many Americans and families around the world. There are many house holds that rely on the younger generation to graduate college and help provide for the household and taking away money from those families is unethical. Students and families should not have to pay a ridiculous amount of money to attend college when majority of the colleges have switched to online classes and students do not need to use campus resources or facilities. I hope to make change the corrupt college system!! God bless you and God bless America!!!!!!