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Petition for an American Student Bill of Rights:
Students in the United States are blessed to have legal rights, freedoms and protections. These include constitutional, civil, contract, consumer rights and rights specific to higher education. They are scattered, however, through a number of legal documents and court decisions making it hard for students to find them.
Please sign this petition for the creation of a National Student Bill of Rights which clearly states what rights exist to protect students and how they are applied in institutions of higher education.
DO NOT JUST RECOMMEND THIS PETITION, SIGN IT!
It doesn't matter which country you live in or where you are from, please, show your support. Press the sign petition button at the bottom of the page. You have nothing to lose and students have everything to gain.
According to the University of Victoria's Anti-Violence Project, between one in six and one in four women in Canada experience some form of sexual assault during their time at college or university. Clearly, there is an ongoing problem at post-secondary institutions - sexual assault is disturbingly prevalent in society, and colleges and universities are not exempt from this.
However, many post-secondary institutions in Canada are severely under-equipped to address the systemic problem of sexual assault. While it is not our intention to undermine existing services, or “attack” any post-secondary institution for their existing services and policies, the fact is that lack of survivor-specific resources, clear sexual assault policy, and thoughtful awareness initiatives contribute significantly to a college and university culture of silence and alienation among survivors of sexual assault – as well as an environment where predators and potential perpetrators, believing that sexual assault is not taken seriously, are more likely to offend.
Concordia University, like most universities and colleges in Canada and worldwide, currently provides a bare minimum of support services for survivors of sexual assault, and most of these services are provided in accordance with unclear policy, procedures that are inconsistent and sometimes contradictory from department to department, and a framework that seeks to emulate the ways in which the state handles cases of sexual assault - that is to say a framework rooted in unconscious (and conscious) sexism, ciscentricism, heterosexism, racism, and ableism.
We believe that it doesn't have to be like this.
We believe that the university has the resources and moral obligation to provide the following, in the interests of making the Concordia community a safer place for everyone - and of setting an example for post-secondary institutions all across Canada.
1. Sensitivity training for all service providers and security officers at Concordia University. This includes not only trainings on general sexual assault awareness, but anti-racism and cultural sensitivity trainings, trans 101 trainings, and dis/ability rights trainings.
2. A comprehensive, clear and specific policy on sexual assault. We are not satisfied with policies that only address sexual assault in euphemistic terms, including it implicitly under the umbrellas of "physical assault", "threatening and illegal behavior", and "sexual harassment" - these terms serve to obfuscate and confuse, and the lack of a clear and consistent policy plays a huge role in facilitating the current situation. For more on what we want from a sexual assault policy at Concordia, please see this page.
3. Regular sexual assault awareness and prevention initiatives, including promotion of services for sexual assault survivors on-campus. We refuse to accept that many survivors go without support from the university because the administration is too afraid of controversy to advertise the fact that services do exist. We are offended by "prevention" information that targets women as survivors and potential victims, instead of targeting potential perpetrators and fostering a culture of respect and safety.
4. A university-funded sexual assault centre at Concordia. This centre would manage the coordination of service provision for sexual assault survivors at Concordia, facilitate trainings and popular education for university students, faculty and staff, and provide much-needed crisis intervention services and resources on sexual assault and recovery.
We are positive that all of these goals are not only attainable, but attainable within the next academic year. We are excited to be advocating for these changes, and look forward to working with the university to see them to fruition – again, it is not our intention to attack or undermine existing services, but to present, develop and implement new, dynamic and expanded services, to augment and coordinate among existing services, and ultimately to transform Concordia into school that is safe, accessible, and informed to the benefit of everyone within our diverse and valuable community.
Some parents don’t feel safe with their kids carrying around a lot of money, and they would rather their kids carry debit cards around. In many situations students have to pay fees, sometimes using checks and in return sometimes bounces.
An atm machine can limit the usage of checks,so our school wouldn’t have to worry about losing money. The transaction fee will be approx. $ 1.50. $1.25 going towards the school and the .25 going towards maintenance. After its paid off the money would go towards student activities. Which would definitely save a lot of people a lot of money.
An atm machine will also teach students how to manage money and familiarize them with the machine before going into the real world.
Lately, schools across the country do not allow you to wear a religious piece of jewelry or have and right to speak your religion in school.
Any student should be allowed to express their religious right.
All college students have a right to a positive experience!
Still on a daily basis, many college students are singled out, teased, harassed, bullied, and labeled with derogatory comments that are shameful, discriminatory, hurtful and uncalled for. Discrimination and constant hazing are also faced by these students simply due to one thing – their sexual orientation. This type of behaviour is inexcusable in any environment and should not be tolerated or made excusable in society today! Every college student deserves to be given the same opportunities and experiences that are memorable and encouraging no matter who they may be.
LBGTQ discrimination, harassment and bullying needs to stop! Stop now!! There is no need for all the violence that goes on just because of sexual preference. Gay or straight, we're all the same - we all have the same heart, we all bleed, and have the same wants like every human in this world. When you impose your beliefs or your discomfort on someone’s life or judge them for who they are or want to be, you create an unhealthy environment.
How would you feel if it was your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin or even YOU that was being hated because of the colour of your eyes or feelings that you have, that you can't change?
The food in the refectory is overpriced for the quality that we receive.
A large sandwich costs approximately £2.50 and a small bap £1.80.
A plate of vegetarian pasta can cost up to £2.80.
6 potato wedges cost £1.
The tuna mayonnaise is soggy, the salad is wet, you barely get any filling in your sandwich for the prices that are being asked.
The hot food is stood for a long time and goes crusty, dry and cold.
For example the breakfasts - the bacon can be hard and cold, the toast can be black and solid having been stood under the warming lamps for too long.
There is barely ever any choice of warm food or different types of bread.
We believe that Selby College has a social responsibility to provide healthy and reasonably priced food whilst we are on campus.
Some students are lucky to receive up to £30 per week in the form of EMA or ALG, when a lunch can cost £4 and we are in college up to five days a week, that is a large proportion of our income.
We have to resort to eating food from the snack machines to obtain something cheap to eat.
ANCSS has a skirt dress code currently in place that is totally an acceptable length, nevertheless the Principle, Vice Principle, Girls School Administration and Faculty have imposed a new LONGER skirt length requirement to extend below the knee beginning the 2010/2011 school year. History shows that there are, and always will be dress code violators. Therefore, the school should deal with them individually.
The majority of the female students conform and should NOT be forced to wear this matronly, oppressive clothing. Any school should be equipped to effectively handle violators without punishing the masses. It's an unnecessary and unacceptable dress code change. They are so long that the uniform company doesn't even make the skirts in the required dimensions!
Kiwi Refugees – there are tens of thousands of us, perhaps hundreds of thousands, forced into a life of exile from our homeland by the actions of our own government.
We are a generation of young New Zealanders who have attended university, received degrees and moved overseas – but alas are fated never to return, due to mounting debt through accrued loan interest, a lack of accessible repayment information, heavy international transfer fees, and now the rumoured threat of asset seizure or jail time if we return.
There is no doubt, we are the guinea pig generation - caught between one generation who are now reaping the benefits of their free education, and another who bask in interest free loans.
The majority of us are productive citizens, some of us are doctors, lawyers, teachers – many of us have gone on to further education and all of us have accumulated valuable experience while overseas, whilst back in the homeland all we have accumulated is a horrendously crippling debt. It ridiculous to think of the money that the New Zealand government is spending trying to entice immigrants to ease the skills shortage, when there are so many skilled New Zealanders living in student loan-induced exile overseas. Surely it would be more beneficial if the government developed a compromise regarding the interest charged on non-resident student loans, thus working to turn the tide of the ever-growing ‘brain drain’.
The New Zealand government has done nothing but show the ‘kiwi refugees’ of ‘the guinea pig’ generation disdain, which is causing a great amount of aggravation amongst the ex-pats. It doesn’t take much more than a quick internet search and a browse through the numerous forums to discover that, although we are scattered across the globe, (making any attempt at presenting a united voice almost impossible) we are unified in the fact that the vast majority of us will never return and, just as the government has turned their back on our plight – we will do the same – openly disowning our country of birth.
Our One-Act-Play team worked for a month preparing to represent our school in the One-Act-Play Festival and we won superior. Now we want Mr. Keever to let us preform it for our classmates.
After a year of freedom, the State College Area High School restricted cell phones once again.
Administrators cannot reasonably expect students not to use cell phones during study hall and lunch. Confiscations will just go up, and that does not benefit anyone. It will just be more work for officials and cause more stress for students. Additionally, current confiscation policy requires the battery be with the phone upon confiscation. This leaves phones vulnerable to searches. This may be a paranoid view, however the vulnerability can be avoided, so it is not too much to ask.
If we are shown respect, we will reciprocate by minimizing use during instructional time. This plan is in everyone's best interests.
We, the students, need room to make our mistakes these last years to adulthood. Its not right to pursue punishment for petty "crimes."
We aren't horrible misbehaved children. We need our chance to prove it.
Northwestern is filled with vegetarians, vegans, and lactose intolerant students. All these people are having a hard time eating lunch at school because of the lack of interest in providing their menu items.
A school malnourishing their students shouldn't happen.